Hall, Harry John


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Although he is not included in the Wykehamist War Service Roll of 1919, or in Wykehamists Who Died in the War, Harry Hall was included in proper date order on War Cloister, and thus his death must have been notified to the school after it published the final versions of its lists of the fallen.

Hall was the son of Harry Hall, of Haynford Hall, Norwich. After her husband’s death, his mother Louisa lived at 10 Langhorne Gardens, Folkestone. Harry was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant into 2nd Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, in 1897. He was promoted Lieutenant in 1899 and having seen service in the Boer War, resigned his commission in 1901.

He presumably then went to Canada, and during the First World War served as a Major in 16th (Manitoba) Battalion (The Canadian Scottish), Canadian Infantry. On October 3rd 1914, the Canadian Scottish were among over thirty thousand Canadian troops who set sail for Britain. The Canadians disembarked at Plymouth on October 14th and at once moved to Salisbury Plain, where 1st Canadian Division remained until going out to France in February 1915.

Hall does not appear to be mentioned at all in the battalion’s war diary for 1914 to 1916. At some point during this period, however, he won the Military Cross.

He was wounded in an attack on Regina Trench, near Courcelette on the Somme on October 8th 1916 and died that day in a Casualty Clearing Station at Contay, aged 39.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Hall
  • Forenames or initials: Harry John
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1891-1893
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: 16th Batt. Canadian Infantry (Canadian Scottish)
  • Date of Birth: 10th May 1877
  • Date of Death: 8th October 1916
  • How Died: Died of wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: CONTAY BRITISH CEMETERY: Grave II.A.13