Captain Sydney Raymond HALL
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Captain Sydney Raymond
HQ (Signals Officer), 10th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force
Born 17th December, 1883, at Fullarton, Adelaide, South Australia
[Birth certificate 1878-86 317 214, S].
Educated: Unley College, South Australian School of Mines
Married; Civil servant, of 48 Wattle Street, East Frewville, South Australia
Next of Kin listed as: Wife; May Hall (nee Drummond) of 48 Wattle Street, East Frewville, South Australia
Photos of Captain Hall are known to exist in the following locations:
Adelaide Herald 6 May 1915 p5. Adelaide Observer 8 May 1915 p38. Sydney Mail 26 May 1915 p8. South Australian Register 30 July 1915 p12
Died of wounds
25th April 1915
near the beach, Anzac
10th Battalion, AIF
Previously 22nd Signal Troop. Commissioned 1911; Lieutenant 1913; Capt 1914.
CWGC lists wife as: Mary; Address as: 48 Wattle St, Fullarton, SA. Father; Thomas William Hall. Mother; Katherine Jennifer Hall.
Eldest son. Married May, daughter of the late John Drummond, 14th May 1908. Two children. Senior counter clerk, Deeds office, Victoria Square. 'Later that day he was killed in action, having the misfortune to be shot down, and never regained consciousness.' (Lock p177).
Killed by shrapnel.
'The late Captain Sydney Raymond Hall was a resident of Wattle street, Fullarton, and was 31 years of age. He was a son of Mr. T.W. Hall, of Fullarton, and at a youthful age joined the old volunteer forces. He received his first commission in the Signalling Corps in 1911, but a year later was transferred to the Engineers' Corps. He was made lieutenant of signallers in the 74th Infantry, and took an active part in the training of cadets. On volunteering to go to the front he was advanced to the commission of captain. The deceased was the eldest surviving son of Mr. Hall, his elder brother having been drowned at Henley Beach some years ago. Captain Hall was employed in the Land Titles Office, where he was popular among his fellow employees in the service.' (The Daily Herald Adelaide 6 May 1915 p5).
'Battalion Headquarters Signallers remained in close proximity to Lieut-Colonel S.P. Weir, and from the very outset were used in carrying messages, whilst later, if not in the firing line, were employed in carrying messages or lugging ammunition to the front. That day, their leader, Captain S.R. Hall, was seen on a small plateau calmly waving a pair of red and yellow flags, whilst bullets sprayed the dust about his feet; but before dusk he had fallen, and the news of his death came as a severe blow to his men, who had always said he would either win a V.C. or meet his death while in action.' (Lock)
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