Private John William Hall

Private John William Hall, “D” Company 2nd Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers. He was killed in action in France during the Battle of Loos on 4th October 1915 aged 33. He is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Dud Corner, Loos, France.  He was the son of John and Jane Anne Hall of 3 Palmer Terrace, Ferneybeds, Widdrington, Morpeth, Northumberland. He fell in the fierce and confused fighting to prevent a surprise German attack from  recapturing the ” Hohenzollern redoubt and “Little Willie” trench. “D” Company were heavily engaged and all the Officers killed or wounded. From 1st-4th October casualties were 5 Officers and 123 Other Ranks were killed and 10 Officers and 115 Other Ranks were wounded. ( The artist’s impression gives some idea of the grim reality of close quarter combat at Loos ). The photograph shows part of the battlefield with shells bursting on the German trenches.

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