John Thomas HALL


HALL, John Thomas

Service Number: 4811
Enlisted: 26 October 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Highthorpe, Tasmania, Australia, June 1895
Home Town: Penguin, Central Coast, Tasmania
Schooling: Linwood School, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in action, Zonnebeke, Belgium, 6 October 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 17), Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Penguin to the Great War
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World War 1 Service

26 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4811, 12th Infantry Battalion
19 Feb 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4811, 12th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
19 Feb 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4811, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Melbourne
19 Feb 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 4811, 12th Infantry Battalion, SW upper lip

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Narelle Howe, Tasmania in the Great War
Pte John Thomas HALL.  Son of James & Isabella Hall (nee Kaine) Pine Road Penguin. John grew up at Highthorpe (PInewood), working on the family farm "Sunrise", which had been settled by his grandfather Joseph Hall in 1878. He served with local 91st Infantry Battalion for 6 months prior to enlisting for service on the 26th of October 1915 with the 12th Battalion, 15th reinforcements, A company at Ross camp, number 4811. He trained at Claremont camp between the 26th October 1915 and the 9th of January 1916. He then moved to the Broadmeadows camp in Victoria to continue training and embarked from Melbourne for Alexandria on the HMAT A70 Ballarat, on the 19th of February 1916. He then embarked for England on the H.M.T Arcadian on the 29th July 1916, for training at Perham Downs Training camp on the Salisbury Plain until joining his unit through the French port town of Etaples. John was taken on strength to serve in the field on the 8th of September 1916. He continued serving with the 12th Battalion at Ypres Hill 60, Guedecourt, Eaucourt L'Abbaye, Baupame, Lourveral on the Hindenburg Line, Polygon Wood and Passchendale. His final battle was the Battle of Passchendale where he was killed on the Broodseinde Ridge on the 6th of October 1917.