John Richard (Jack) Hall

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John Richard (Jack) Hall
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Jack in Egypt photo courtesy Patrick Hall
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Jack in France photo courtesy Patrick Hall
Personal Information
Date of Birth 4 Jan 1895
Place of Birth Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
Death 20 Aug 1963, aged 68
Place of Death Maddington, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 19 years, 8 months
Description 5'6¼" (1.68m) tall ; 137lbs
62.142 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair ; vacination marks left arm
Occupation Butcher
Religion Roman Catholic
Address NOK PO Gosnells, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother , Mrs T Hall
Military Information
Reg Number 66
Date of Enlistment 10 Sep 1914
Rank Pte
Unit/Formation 16th Battalion, B Company, transferred to Australian Army Postal Corps
Date of Embarkation 22 Dec 1914 ‒ 3 Feb 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A40 Ceramic
Date of Return 4 Jun 1919 ‒ 16 Jul 1919
Ship Returned On SS Bremen
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Gosnells Ward Honour Roll
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Had served with the Senior Cadets (part of AUstralia's pre war compulsary military training).

War Service

As an original member of the 16th Battalion, John travelled with them to Melbourne where they spent time training at the Broadmeadows camp. He embarked with them in Melbourne for Egypt aboard HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 Dec 1914. John's records include an entry indicating that he was transferred to Malta on 6 Apr 1915 prior to his battalion sailing for Mudroos and Gallipoli. If this is correct then it would seem that he did not serve on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

On 24 May 1915, John was detached to the AIF Headquarters No 1 Section, location not recorded, but likely to be Egypt. In Egypt, on 14 Mar 1916 he was in Tel-el-Kebir when he was transferred to the Divisional Post Office in Serapeum, part of the Australian Army Postal Corps.

John embarked on the HMT Kinfauns Castle in Alexandria Harbour on 2 Jun 1916, and disembarked in Marseilles, France on 8 Jun 1916. On 1 Aug 1916 he was charged with Gambling in the field. Found guilty, he forfeited 3 day's pay (15/- or $1.50). Subsequently he was formally transferred from the 4th Division HQ to the Australian Army Pay Corps on 21 Oct 1916. On 28 Mar 1917 he was attached to the 4th Division Supply Column before going on leave to England between 7 and 17 Aug 1917. He was later detached to a number of sub units, principally the 4th Motor Transport Company.

John enjoyed a second leave in England from 17 Sep 1918, and during his leave, on 26 Sep 1918 at St Wilfred's RC Church, Ventnor on the Isle of Wright he married Stella Mary Channing, aged 24. John's Marriage certificate indicated his father was an Army Pensioner. On 7 Nov 1918 John was granted 75 days Special Leave, returning to duty in France on 27 Jan 1919. He returned to the UK on 13 Mar 1919, posted to the No. 4 Command Depot at Hurdcott preparatory to shipping home to Australia. Arriving in Fremantle on 16 Jul 1919, he and his wife Stella disembarked on the 18th.

Discharged by the 5th Military District on 30 Jul 1919.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries: 1921 a barman at 181 Hay street, East Perth; 1922 a barman at 7 Byron street Balcatta; 1936 at 26 Gill street Claremont; 1937 at 45 Harvey street, Claremont a barman; 1943 - 1958 at 6 Rudwick street Mosman Park, a barman. In 1968 - 1977 Stella lived at Lot 22 Virginia avenue, Maddington

During WW2 John enlisted on 16 Apr 1941 with the Australian Army Canteens Service Western Command, and served until 7 Nov 1945 as a Sergeant W26476.

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Son John Keith Joseph Hall (1924–), and daughter Stella Bernadine Hall. Stella Mary died on 25 Feb 1984 in Inglewood, aged 89.


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