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jhallJohn Hall was the son of James and Sarah Hall of  the Post Office, Whitestakes, Preston.

James and Sarah Hall had nine children, Arthur (b. c1888), Elsie (b. c1890), Annie Isabel (b. c1891), Ernest (b. c1893), Madge (b. c1894), John (b. c1896), Dorothy (b. c1898), Harold (b. c1901) and Sarah (b. c1902).

His father, James, died at some point between 1911 and 1916. In 1911, John was working as a pattern makers apprentice at Dick, Kerr and Company the locomotive and tramcar manufacturer in Preston.

John sailed to France to reinforce the 1/5th (Territorial) Battalion sometime in 1916 and died in a German hospital on boxing day 1917.  He is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery

The following artilce appeared in the Preston Guardian shortly afterwards;



The newspaper article refers to a brother being killed in July 1916, this was John’s elder brother named Ernest. Ernest was serving with the 9th Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) with service number 16762. He was killed on 18th July 1916 on the Somme and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing.

Rank: Private
Service No: 20950
Date of Death: 26/12/1917
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/5th Bn.
Grave Reference: XIII. C. 1.

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