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The Hall Family
The Hall Family
Granny and Grandad Hall had five children, in order of birth Ethel, Bill, Fred, George and Lillian
1. Willie Lyons (Aunt Lilian's husband)  2. Fred Hall (Dad)  3. Hannah Hall (Mum, Fred's Wife)
4. Bill Hall (Uncle)  5. Lizz Hall (Bill Hall's wife)  6. George Hall (Uncle)
7. Jack Charlton (Aunt Ethel's Husband)  8. Lillian Hall (Aunt, Willie Lyons wife)  9. William Gerald Lyons (Lillian and Willie Lyons eldest child)
10. Granny Hall  11. Lillian Hall (Bill and Lizz's Daughter)  12. Bim Hall (Bill's Son)
13. William Hall (Grandad)  14. Ethel Charlton (Aunt, Jack Charlton's wife)  15. Enid Charlton (Aunt Ethel's Daughter)
Image courtesy of David Hall © 2014

My father Fred and his two brothers William and George Hall all served in the British Armed Forces in the First World War. Probably Frederick Charles Hall (Dec 1890 Reigate 2a 166)).

My father who was born in Redhill in 1890 enlisted into the Royal Flying Corp on 29/12/1915 number16983. Before joining the RFC he and his elder brother Bill had a hackney carriage business in Walton on the Hill, Surrey. Because of his ability to drive a car he was given the Trade of Motor Driver in the RFC. After completing his basic training on the Curragh in Ireland. He was sent to join 40 Squadron R F C on the 16/1/1916 at Clay Maris aerodrome in France. During his period of service he took part in the Battles of the Somme and Ypres. The squadron constantly moved around France to Boisding Hem, Suzanne, Provart, Mois Lains, Iris Farm and Ossogne. My father was transferred to the RAF 1/4/1918 and given the new trade of Air Mechanic. He stayed with squadron until he was demobbed on 8/2/1919.

Fred Hall
Fred Hall
Image courtesy of David Hall © 2014

My father did not speak much about his wartime experiences but I remember him telling me that when one of the planes came down in no mans land. He had to wait for night fall and then drive out and hitch the plane to the back of the lorry and tow it back to the Allied lines. He was terrified that once the Germans would hear the sound of the lorry they would open up and fire at him, but fortunately he survived it.

My mother was engaged to my father before he joined the RFC, and in December 1917 whilst he was home on leave they had to get permission from the Dept of War to get married which they did before he returned to France.

My mothers parents put her in to service at the age of thirteen. She hated being a domestic servant. So when all the men went off to war the opportunity arose for my mother to get a job on the London Buses as a clippy where she worked until my father was demobbed from the RAF at the end of the war.

At the start of the second world war my father received a letter from the Air Ministry asking him to volunteer and join the RAF again and he would be given the rank of sergeant. He said" I have done my bit. I have seen enough of wars to last me a lifetime". So he declined the offer. Instead Dad joined the local fire brigade where he drove a fire engine during the blitz. Dad passed away in 1970.

Dads younger brother George Arthur Hall was born in Redhill in 1893 enlisted into the Royal Marine Corps number 91513 on 8/5/1917. He served in the B E F from 23/8/1917 To 27/ 3/1918. He was prisoner of war after being gassed and shot in the right arm.

He was imprisoned from 28/3/1918 until He was released on12/12/1918. He told me that during his time In the prisoner of war camp, they mainly lived on potato peelings. To survive. He was demobbed from the Marines on 19/3/1919 and died In 1977.

Dads elder brother William Henry Hall was born in Redhill 1888 I have been unable to find his service record. The only thing I know about him is that in a family photo he is wearing the uniform of the Army Service Corps regiment. He survived the war but tragically he died when his car overturned on an icy road at the top of Reigate Hill in Surrey on 8/1/1924.

William Henry Hall
William Henry Hall
Image courtesy of David Hall © 2014

When you think of the millions of men that lost their lives in the Great War my family was so fortunate that my father and his two brothers survived it.

David Hall. © 15 July 2014

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