Francis Charles HALL

HALL, Francis Charles

Service Number: 2041
Enlisted: 5 August 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 29th Infantry Battalion
Born: Alma, Victoria, April 1896
Home Town: Alma, Central Goldfields, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carter
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World War 1 Service

5 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2041, Melbourne, Victoria
18 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2041, 29th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Melbourne
18 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2041, 29th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
26 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2041, 29th Infantry Battalion, Polygon Wood
13 May 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2041, 29th Infantry Battalion, "Peaceful Penetration - Low-Cost, High-Gain Tactics on the Western Front", Gassed
29 Sep 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2041, 29th Infantry Battalion, Breaching the Hindenburg Line - Cambrai / St Quentin Canal
16 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 2041, 29th Infantry Battalion, Returned to Australia per H.T. 'Kashmir'

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Biography contributed by John Lakey

  • Citation for Gallantry - At the Battle of Polygon Wood

2041 Private Francis Charles HALL 29th Battalion 3rd Reinforcement A.I.F. At Polygon Wood on 26th. September, 1917, telephone communications broke down early in the day, and runners had to be used exclusively. Many runners became casualties, so that those remaining had to work very hard. During the whole of 26th.and 27th. September, Private HALL carried numerous messages through heavy enemy Barrages and machine gun fire, and on two occasions through a gas shell barrage. On 27th. September, our own heavy artillery shelled us, and Pte. HALL carried a message through our own and enemy's barrage to have the Artillery's shooting rectified. Recommendation: Military Medal [MM] Lieutenant-Colonel Muir Purser C.O. 29th Battalion

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