William John HALL

HALL, William John

Service Number: 907
Enlisted: 1 March 1917, Also served in Boer War (15 months)
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 10th Field Company Engineers
Born: Maitland New South Wales, Australia, 9 July 1879
Home Town: Fassifern, Lake Macquarie Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Cooks Hill Superior School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Painter
Died: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 14 January 1936, aged 56 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
Memorials: Cook's Hill Superior Public School
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World War 1 Service

1 Mar 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 907, 1st ANZAC Cyclist Battalion, Also served in Boer War (15 months)
10 May 1917: Involvement Private, SN 907, 1st ANZAC Cyclist Battalion
10 May 1917: Embarked Private, SN 907, 1st ANZAC Cyclist Battalion, HMAT Marathon, Sydney
4 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 907, 10th Field Company Engineers

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell

Resting at Sandgate Cemetery.

84 years ago today, on the Tuesday afternoon of the 14th January 1936, Sapper William John Hall, 10th Australian Field Company Engineers, painter (Walsh Island State Dockyard) from Awaba Street, Fassifern, New South Wales, father of eight, was laid to rest with a military funeral at Sandgate Cemetery, age 56. METHODIST 2 (PRIMITIVE) 16 NE. 3A.

Born at East Maitland, New South Wales on the 9th July 1879 to Matthew James and Sophia Hall; husband of Sarah Elizabeth Hall nee Davies (married 1900, died 1967), William enlisted March 1917 with the Anzac Cyclist Battalion at Newcastle, N.S.W., - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article133747303, and returned home July 1919.

Mr Hall’s name has been inscribed on the Waratah Loyal Rose of Australia Lodge-Manchester Unity Roll of Honour (location unknown), Toronto Red Cross Honour Roll (location unknown), and the Toronto Soldiers' Memorial (photos, unveiled on the 30th September 1922).
Also served in the Boer War - http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article142411331

Mr Hall’s obituary tells us he was President of the Blackalls Park Trust, the Fassifern Progress Association, Fassifern Parents and Citizens’ Association, a member of the M.U.I.O.O.F., Waratah Branch, a trustee of the Fassifern Park, and secretary to the Toronto Returned Soldiers’ Sub-branch and Toronto Amateur Cycle Club.

Unfortunately, there is no indication on William’s headstone of his service with the 1st A.I.F., so today we remember and honour his outstanding contributions to society throughout his lifetime.

Lest We Forget.