Lieutenant Arthur Charles Hall

Service number 2631
Ranks Held Corporal, Lieutenant, Private
Birth Date 11 August 1896
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Granville
Death Date 25 February 1978
Death Place Australia: New South Wales, Nyngan
Final Rank Lieutenant
Service Australian Imperial Force
Units
Places
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Biographical information They dared mightily. in 1963
Published in London Gazette in 1918-12-14
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-05-23
Description

Arthur Hall was born at Granville, Sydney, and was working as an overseer on his father's properties near Nyngan, New South Wales, when he enlisted on 3 April 1916. He joined the 54th Battalion in France in February 1917 and was wounded shortly afterwards.

During his battalion's attack on Péronne, 1 2 September 1918, Hall rushed a machine-gun post holding up the advance, shot four of the occupants, and captured nine others, along with two machine-guns. He provided excellent covering support to his company, and while in advance of the main attack located enemy posts and led parties to deal with them. Next day he rescued a wounded comrade. Throughout all this, he "showed utter disregard [for the enemy] and inspired confidence in all".

During the Second World War he served as a lieutenant in a garrison battalion before returning to his sheep and cattle property, near Coolabah, New South Wales. He died at Nyngan in 1978.

Hall received the Victoria Cross, service medals for the First and Second World Wars, coronation medals for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II, and the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal.

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Date of birth 11 August 1896
Date of embarkation 07 October 1916
Date of honour or award 02 September 1918 Awarded Victoria Cross, for action at Peronne, France whilst serving with 54 Battalion, 14 Brigade, 5 Division as a Corporal
Date of recommendation honour or award 03 September 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 04 September 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 07 September 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 07 September 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 11 September 1918
Date of recommendation honour or award 11 September 1918
Date of death 25 February 1978