Archibald Thomas Roy HALLS

Badge Number: S20866, Sub Branch: Adelaide

HALLS, Archibald Thomas Roy

Service Number: 10789
Enlisted: 30 September 1915
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 3rd Divisional Signal Company
Born: Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia , date not yet discovered
Home Town: Upper Sturt, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Post Master
Died: Darwin Bombing, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia , 19 February 1942, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Adelaide River War Cemetery, Northern Territory
Memorials: Adelaide Officers of S.A. Post, Telegraph and Telephone Department HR, Magill Honour Board, Yankalilla District Roll of Honour WW1, Yankalilla War Memorial Wall
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World War 1 Service

30 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sapper, 10789, 3rd Divisional Signal Company
25 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, 10789, 3rd Divisional Signal Company, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '6' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ascanius embarkation_ship_number: A11 public_note: ''
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, 10789
Date unknown: Wounded 10789, 3rd Divisional Signal Company

Killed in Darwin Bombing February 19th 1942

Archibald Halls had gained valuable knowledge and experience by working at the Powell’s Creek repeater station and, in February 1942, took charge as the day shift telegraph supervisor at the Darwin Post Office. He arrived in Darwin on the day Singapore fell; he and his staff worked for four days and nights, never leaving the Morse Code key. Halls probably lived in the single-men’s quarters known as 'the Monastery' in the Post Office complex. (

He was killed there, along with 9 other postal workers when the Japanese bombed Darwin, directly hitting the Post Office on 19th February 1942.

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