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Unidentified Lincolnshire Regiment officer


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This photograph has the name Hall and the date, 8th September 1916 on the back of it. I take Hall to be the family name and the date to be when the photographic enlargement was done.

There are four officers with the surname Hall amongst the medal index cards who served with the Lincolnshire Regiment:

Eric Watson Hall, Second Lieutenant, Captain.

Montague Ashley Hall. Lieutenant, Captain. 8th Btn, captured 25th September 1915.

Harold Hall, Second Lieutenant. KiA 15th February 1916.

Bryan Clapham Hall, Second Lieutenant, Captain.

Assuming that the original photograph was taken in September 1916 we can rule out both Harold Hall and Montague Ashley Hall. Does anyone have a picture of either Eric Watson Hall or Bryan Clapham Hall so that we can make a positive identification of the man in the photograph?

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Seeing that I purchased the picture in Surrey and that Bryan Clapham Hall was born in Louth, Lincolnshire and that Montague Ashbey (Ashley?) Hall was was born in Lincoln, I think that the most likely candidate might be Eric Watson Hall who was born in Guildford, Surrey.

Could someone please upload his medal index card? It would be appreciated.

Thank you.

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Hall's MIC

Mmmm.....Exhonerated Officers list. Not something I have seen before.

From Branston, Near Lncoln. Looks like thats your man, Montague Ashley Hall.

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I wonder what he had supposed to have done?

Richard

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Just in case;

Name: HALL, ERIC WATSON

Initials: E W

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Captain

Regiment/Service: Lincolnshire Regiment

Unit Text: 2nd/4th Bn.

Age: 24

Date of Death: 26/09/1917

Awards: M B E

Additional information: Elder son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Watson Hall, of Colombo, Ceylon and 105, Oakwood Court, Kensington, London.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: II. A. 6.

Cemetery: WHITE HOUSE CEMETERY, ST. JEAN-LES-YPRES

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IPT,

this just gets more confusing. I cannot find his name in Officers died in the Great War either under the Lincolnshire Regiment or in the Territorial section under 4th Btn Lincolnshire, or in the addendum. Thank you for the extra information.

Simon.

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Hi Simon,

From the 2/4th War Diary.

23/9/17. Bn. left camp at WATOU No. 1 area at 9am. and proceeded to GOLDFISH CHATEAU, 1 mile

west of YPRES on the YPRES - VLAMERTINGHE road, by route march and train.

24/9/17. Bn. went into reserve trenches near WIELTJE. A working party of "B" and "D" Coys

were employed in the forward area. Transport and specialists left out of attack

moved to YORK camp.

25/9/17. Bn. moved nearer to front line and at night formed up for the attack.

26/9/17. Bn. attacked at 5:50am on a 250 yard frontage, Capt. E.W. HALL was killed and the

following officers wounded:- Lt. Col. A.B. JOHNSON, Capt. A.G. HOOPER, Capt. G.D.

FOX, Capt. E.V.G. KNOX, Capt. N.J.M. GALE, 2/Lt. H.R. SMITH, 2/Lt. R. SCOTT, Lt.

F.R. COULSON, 2/Lt. G. HILLARY, 2/Lt. E.W. BARKER: ORs:- 36 killed, 144 wounded, 18 missing.

27/9/17. The attack was successful. Bn. was relieved in the front line by the 2/4

Leicesters and went into support.

Regards,

Steve.

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Steven,

thank you for the extra information. I need to find a comparison photograph to prove that we have the right man as there is onlt the tenuous Guildford link to go on. As his family lived in both Colombo and Kensington a newspaper photograph may be hard to locate.

Simon.

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Thank you Bingo, but could you please upload Eric Watson Hall's medal index card as he is the Guildford, Surrey man?

I don't seem to be able to find the MIC for Eric Watson Hall?

Will have another dig after a cuppa.

Dick

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Much appreciated. Does anyone have a copy of De Ruvigny's roll of honour as the online index seems to indicate that he is mentioned? If you have a copy could you please see if the photograph matches the one that I have posted?

Thank you.

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I couldn't help but notice that he has his collar badges on the wrong way round; the sphinx should face inwards to the collar. This would have made the Adjutant and the Regimental Sergeant Major quite unhappy..

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  • 2 years later...

I came across this post whilst researching the men on Sutton war memorial - Eric Watson Hall is commemorated on it. Not sure yet what his connection with Sutton is though.

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Andy,

thank you for the update. I am glad that the post has been revived but I have no knowledge of a link with Sutton. He may have attended a local school.

Simon

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