Private William Hall

Private William Hall, 5th Battalion, Cameronians ( Scottish Rifles ). He was killed in action in France on 29th October 1916 during the Battle of the Somme, aged 27 and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, France. He was the son of Jane and the late Andrew Hall of High Street, Greenlaw and before the war was employed by the Earl of Haddington as an underkeeper on his estate at Tyninghame, East Lothian. He had enlisted in February 1916. The photograph shows a recently captured trench on the Somme with the chalk soil of the Region very evident. The autumn rains however turn the soil in a glutinous quagmire making movement of men and guns very difficult.

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