2nd Lt
Henry Johnson Hall

Information about birth

Date of birth:
01/07/1889
Place of birth:
Cheshire, England, United Kingdom

General information

Profession:
Professional Soldier

Army information

Country:
New Zealand
Force:
New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Second Lieutenant
Service number:
30111
Enlistment date:
25/07/1916
Enlistment place:
Trentham, Wellington, New Zealand
Units:
 —  Auckland Infantry Regiment, 3rd Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
04/10/1917
Place of death:
Otto Farm, Zonnebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
28

Cemetery

Passchendaele New British Cemetery
Plot: XI
Row: D
Grave: 5

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 3

#1 Place of birth
#2 Enlistment place
#3 ‘Place of death’

My story

Henry Johnson Hall was born at Cheshire, England and was educated at Manchester High School. Later on he studied French and German. His service record mentions that his declared date of birth was 1 July 1889 but that this was not supported by other statements and that the year of his birth may have been some years earlier.

He was first commissioned in the New Zealand Army on 11 September 1911, where he was appointed Second Lieutenant as a volunteer officer. He resigned this commission on 20 September 1912. On 14 October 1914 he enlisted in the New Zealand Temporary Staff as a Sergeant Instructor where he attained the rank of Sergeant Major. He made repeated efforts to join the Expeditionary Force and was accepted in his restored rank of Second Lieutenant. On enlistment Hall declared he had served for five years with the British Regular Army in England and South Africa.

Hall joined (A Company) the 3rd Battalion Auckland Regiment, 4th New Zealand Brigade, New Zealand Division. With his battalion he took part in the Battle of Broodseinde, a phase in the Battle of Passchendaele, on 4 October 1917. Together with the 3rd Bn. Otago Regiment, the 3rd Bn. Auckland Regiment was responsible to take the first objective near ‘s Graventafel. The advance started on time and after some resistance at Otto Farm the Brigade could move up to the red line and consolidate the first objective as planned. Second Lieutenant Hall must have died during this action and was initialy buried near Otto Farm (Sheet 28.D.14.d.9.9.). He is now remembered at Passchendaele New British Cemetery, Plot XI, Row D, Grave5.

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Sources 4

"Passchendaele. The Day-by-Day Account", McCarthy C., London, Uniform, 2018, pp. 112-113
Sources used
Auckland Cenotaph
http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/C6125?n=30111&w=World%20War%20I%2C%201914-1918&ordinal=0&from=%2Fwar-memorial%2Fonline-cenotaph%2Fsearch
Sources used
CWGC
https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/461289/hall,-henry-johnson/
Sources used
The Auckland Regiment, Burton O.E., pp. 172-175
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