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Joseph Hall was the son of a mechanic at the Ironworks, named Thomas Hall (b. 7 Mar 1851) and Emily Hall (nee Holmes b. c1862). He was born 19th July 1897 at 34 Rope Street, in Oldham, sub-district of Oldham below town.

Joseph was the twin brother of Emily (Orsulich b. 19th July 1897). His other siblings were Lily (b. 8 Jul 1887), Ethel (Brittain b.c1888), Alice (Bebich b. c1898), Jack (b 22 Mar 1890), Harry (b.c1900) and Elsie (Yurak/Jurakovich b. 27 Apr 1901).jhall1

When war broke out, Joseph enlisted in the East Lancashire Regiment at Preston and was given the number 40223.  He was later transferred to the 2/4th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with the number 31030.


A note from the family:  The family emigrated to NZ as follows: Jack and Lily came to NZ just before the war broke out. Lily went back to England for a while. Father Thomas and Ethel came to NZ after the war was over. Mother Emily, sister Emily, Alice, Harry and Elsie travelled to NZ together and stayed with Jack and his wife Cora initially.

On 2nd September 1918 he wrote a letter to his sister Lily;



Transcription: Dear Lily, I am going on all right hoping you are doing the same. Tell Tommy Mood I am in Loyal N. Lanc now and I hope he is in the pink for when I come home. It is quite a change here than living in Scarborough. We will be going up the line on Tuesday so goodbye for the present hoping to see you soon. Love, Joe xxxxxx We are at  Etaples now.

Private Joseph Hall was killed in action twelve days later, 14th September 1918.

Battalion History

On 11th September 1918 the 1/5th Battalion LNL and two companies from the 2/4th Bn (primarily for mopping-up duties) received orders to attack and capture the line of the Canal du Nord and continue to push east of the canal forming a defensive flank from Leopold Avenue, east and south-east of Moeuvres. The fighting lasted four days with the two companies of the 2/4th being called upon on several occasions to help consolidate the won ground and prevent any counter-attack.

Private Joseph Hall is remembered on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial.

Rank: Private
Service No: 31030
Date of Death: 14/09/1918
Age: 21
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 2nd/4th Bn.

The information and photographs in this article have been provided by Tanya Matich, the grand-daughter of Joseph’s twin sister, Emily. Thank you.

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