Information about birth

Date of birth:
25/12/1875
Place of birth:
Woking, Surrey, England, United Kingdom

General information

Last known residence:
Cobham, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Profession:
Gardener

Army information

Country:
England, United Kingdom
Force:
British Expeditionary Force
Rank:
Private
Service number:
G/15741
Enlistment date:
16/07/1916
Enlistment place:
Guildford, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Units:
 —  Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), 7th Bn.  (Last known unit)

Information about death

Date of death:
10/08/1917
Place of death:
Stirling Castle, Zillebeke, Belgium
Cause of death:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Age:
41

Cemetery

Distinctions and medals 2

Points of interest 4

#1 Place of birth
#2 Last known residence
#3 Enlistment place
#4 ‘Place of death’

My story

James Hall, a former gardener, was born on 25 December 1875 in Woking, Surrey, England. He was the son of Alfred and Elizabeth Bullen. He married Ann Elizabeth Daborn on 25 November 1899 and had three children by 1909. James enlisted on 16 July 1916 at Guildford, Surry, England. He served as a private in the 7th Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment), part of the 55th Brigade, of the 18th Division.

On the 10 August 1917 the 18th Division participated in the Capture of Westhoek. The 7th Queens were to from a defensive flank along the southern edge of Inverness Copse. While moving into position at the jump-off line, they were spotted by the Germans. A green flare went up and an artillery barrage came down on the 7th Queens at 2.28 a.m., causing heavy casualties. The surviving Queens moved up along the eastern edge of Inverness Copse and were pinned down by rife and machine gun fire from Jasper Avenue. The war diary reports 272 casualties that day.

James Hall, aged 41, was killed in action on August 10, 1917. Private Hall was initially buried near Stirling Castle at 28.J.13.d.40.50. His remains were exhumed and interred at Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm), Plot II, Row C, Grave 1.

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55 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 95/2047/3).
https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
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7 Battalion Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 95/2051/1).
https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
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Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911 (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), RG14).
https://www.ancestry.com/
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Margaret E Macculloch & David J Hall Family History Research
https://freepages.rootsweb.com/~macculloch/genealogy/index.htm
Sources used
McCarthy Chris, Passchendaele: The Day-by-Day Account (Londen, Unicorn Publishing Group, 2018), 50-51.
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