Arthur Charles HALL VC

HALL, Arthur Charles

Service Number: 2631
Enlisted: 3 April 1916, Dubbo, NSW
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 54th Infantry Battalion
Born: Granville, NSW, 11 August 1896
Home Town: Nyngan, Bogan, New South Wales
Schooling: All Saints College Bathurst
Occupation: Station Hand
Died: Natural Causes, Nyngan, NSW, 25 February 1978, aged 81 years
Cemetery: West Bogan Anglican Cemetery
Memorials: Arthur Hall V.C. Way, Keith Payne VC Memorial Park, North Bondi War Memorial, Winchelsea WWI Memorial
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World War 1 Service

3 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Dubbo, NSW
7 Oct 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2631, 54th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '19' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Ceramic embarkation_ship_number: A40 public_note: ''
30 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 2631, 54th Infantry Battalion, Mont St Quentin / Peronne
1 Sep 1918: Honoured Victoria Cross, Mont St Quentin / Peronne, Awarded the Victoria Cross for actions in the assault on Peronne.

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"Arthur Hall was born at Granville, Sydney, and was working as an overseer on his father's properties near Nyngan, New South Wales, when he enlisted on 3 April 1916. He joined the 54th Battalion in France in February 1917 and was wounded shortly afterwards.

During his battalion's attack on Péronne, 1 2 September 1918, Hall rushed a machine-gun post holding up the advance, shot four of the occupants, and captured nine others, along with two machine-guns. He provided excellent covering support to his company, and while in advance of the main attack located enemy posts and led parties to deal with them. Next day he rescued a wounded comrade. Throughout all this, he "showed utter disregard [for the enemy] and inspired confidence in all".

During the Second World War he served as a lieutenant in a garrison battalion before returning to his sheep and cattle property, near Coolabah, New South Wales. He died at Nyngan in 1978.

Hall received the Victoria Cross, service medals for the First and Second World Wars, coronation medals for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II, and the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal." - SOURCE (

Australian Distionary of Bipgraphy entry HERE (

After demobilization Hall returned to the Nyngan district where he bought a pastoral property, Gundooee station, near Coolabah. On 26 April 1927 he married Catherine Jessie Hemington Harris at the Union Church, Lahey's Creek, with Anglican rites. In 1942 he served as a lieutenant in the 7th Garrison Battalion and on returning to Gundooee carried on his pastoral activities, running sheep and building up a fine herd of Poll Devon cattle. He was president of the Nyngan Picnic Race Club for twenty years and was a foundation member and keen competitor in the Coolabah District Rifle Club; he was also active in the Nyngan District Historical Society. 

Extract  - George Hall, 'Hall, Arthur Charles (1896–1978)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1983, accessed online 29 March 2015.


The Arthur Hall VC Highway was named in his honour between Brewarrina and Coolabah NSW