Biography

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 number: 2631 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 54th Australian Infantry Battalion

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 PĂ©ronne, 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.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 07 October 1916
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 54th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 54th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 54th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 54th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 54th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 54th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 54th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Victoria Cross

  • Unit: 54th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Photograph

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A FRAMED PORTRAIT OF CORPORAL A.C. HALL VC. 54TH BATTALION, AIF. (DONATED BY MISS M.A. HALL).

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P02939.039

Portrait of Corporal (Cpl) Arthur Charles Hall VC, 54th Battalion. Cpl Hall was awarded the Victoria Cross for "most conspicuous bravery, brilliant leadership and devotion to duty" on 1 - 2 September 1918 at Peronne, Frane. On 1 September 1918, Cpl Hall single handedly rushed an enemy position,...

P02939.039

Private Record

Heraldry

Victoria Cross : Corporal A C Hall, 54 Battalion, AIF

Victoria Cross. Engraved reverse suspender with recipient's details; reverse cross with date of action.

REL/04114.001

British War Medal 1939-45 : Lieutenant A C Hall, 5 and 7 Garrison Battalions

British War Medal 1939-45. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

REL/04114.004

Australia Service Medal : Lieutenant A C Hall, 5 and 7 Garrison Battalions

Australia Service Medal. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

REL/04114.005

George VI Coronation Medal : A C Hall, VC

George VI Coronation Medal. Unnamed as issued.

REL/04114.006

Elizabeth II Coronation Medal : A C Hall, VC

Elizabeth II Coronation Medal. Unnamed as issued.

REL/04114.007

Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal : A C Hall, VC

Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal. Unnamed as issued.

REL/04114.008

British War Medal 1914-20 : Sergeant A C Hall, 54 Battalion, AIF

British War Medal. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

REL/04114.002

Victory Medal : Sergeant A C Hall, 54 Battalion, AIF

Victory Medal. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

REL/04114.003

Technology

Belgian 5 franc note: Corporal A C Hall, 54 Battalion, AIF

Belgian 5 franc note, serial no. 553.K.835, issued in December 1918. The note has been circulated and has a central vertical fold mark. A small inscription in the lower right corner of the obverse reads 'ALBERT.DOMS. EG'.

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Belgian 2 franc note: Corporal A C Hall, 54 Battalion, AIF

Belgian 2 franc note, serial no. G591167, dated 1915. The note has been circulated and has central vertical and horizontal fold marks. It has general use wear. On the lower right corner of the reverse is the inscription 'IMP. B.N DE B.'

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Belgian 25 centimes pierced coin: Corporal A C Hall, 54 Battalion, AIF

Belgian 25 centimes pierced coin, dated 1913. The coin has Flemish inscriptions. The coin has been circulated.

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Belgian 10 centimes coin: Corporal A C Hall, 54 Battalion, AIF

Belgian 10 centimes coin, dated 1916. The coin has both Flemish and French inscriptions, and has been circulated.

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Belgian 25 centimes coins: Corporal A C Hall, 54 Battalion, AIF

Two Belgian 25 centimes coins, dated 1916. The coins have both Flemish and French inscriptions, and have been circulated.

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Belgian 10 centimes coins: Corporal A C Hall, 54 Battalion, AIF

Two Belgian 10 centimes coins, dated 1916. The coins have both Flemish and French inscriptions, and have been circulated.

RELC02136

Timeline

Date of birth 1896-08-11
Date of embarkation 1916-10-07
Date of honour or award 1918-09-02 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 1918-09-03
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-09-04
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-09-07
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-09-11
Date of death 1978-02-25