Private George Hall

Private George Alexander Drummond Hall, 25th Battalion ( 2nd Tyneside Irish ) Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France on 1st July 1916 on the First Day of the Battle of The Somme, aged 18. He was the son of Robert O. Hall of Joy Graden, Kelso and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Thiepval, Somme, France. He fell in the assault on the German trenches al La Boiselle where the Battalion suffered very heavy casualties. 5 Officers and 142 Other Ranks were killed and 13 Officers and 474 Other Ranks were wounded, a total of 634 frpm the 900 men who started. A sergeant was quoted as saying ” The gates of Hell were opened and we accepted the invitation to enter “. The photograph shows the Tyneside Irish beginning their attack at 7.30 a.m. in neatly spaced lines.

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