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Herbert Hall is the 7th of 12 children born to
Charles Melbourne Hall & Evalina Alice Napier

Herbert was born in South Melbourne, 1894


Herbert Joseph Hall



Attestation Paper


Herbert is assigned to the 5th Battalion




Herbert Joseph Hall

joins the Australian Imperial Force

on the 19th August, 1914

aged 21 years 2 months

He lists himself as an unmarried laborer and gives his father,
Charles Hall, as next of kin.



Bert embarks from Melbourne as a Private, on board

His Majesty's Australian Transport


21st September, 1914


The "Orvieto"




Statement of Service of No. 449 Herbert Joseph Hall

27.10.1914 - Awarded 10 days forfeit pay for being unlawfully in posession of
intoxicating liquor & Insolence to a superior officer

17.11.1915 - Promoted to Lance Corporal

1.1.1916 - Promoted to Corporal

20.2.1916 - Promoted to Sergeant

1.11.1916 - Promoted to Company Sergeant Major

20.9.1917 - Wounded in Action. France. Gun Shot Wound right arm

2.10.1917 - Embarked on Hospital Ship "Pieter de Conisk" from France to England

29.10.1917 - Awarded the Military Medal

21.12.1917 - Absent With Out Leave for 24 hours. Forfeits 2 days pay

30.1.1918 - Company Sergeant Major Herbert Joseph Hall returns to Australia
due to injuries sustained




Military Medal

For continuous good work and devotion to duty
during the consolidation and holding of Lone Pine




Australian Soldiers in action at Lone Pine

Gallipoli Peninsula, Turkey 1915


Australian Soldiers in the trenches at

Lone Pine 1915



A photo post card sent to Bert from his older sister, Elsie, showing his nephew's,
Ivor, Neil, Jack, Don McInnes

while Bert was serving in WW1



The letter to Bert on the reverse side

written by sister, Elsie



Dear Old Bert

I hope this reaches you
safely as my letters & parcel
seem to have bad luck
Well old fellow how are you?
& are you coming home to us
soon. you see we are all
waiting for that bow out that
you are going to get. When we
heard that you were wounded
we were sure that you would
be home soon. I hope you have
had a merry xmas & happy
new year. have a mighty
good time while you can
you wont know the family
when you get back you are
Uncle to so many now & mine
are growing up as you can see.
This photo is very good of each
of them & you are their Hero!
So I hope you have a few good
yarns ready for when you come
home. Love from Neil & Els
Ivor, Neil, Jack & Don xxxxxx



Bert is sent to Clandon Park Hospital, England with

"comp. fract radius. Severe."

sustained from a Gun Shot Wound to the right arm


A letter sent to Bert's father, Charles Hall,

informing him of his son's Military Medal

25th April, 1917

" HIS MAJESTY THE KING has been graciously pleased to award the
Military Medal for bravery in the Field
to the undermentioned non-commissioned officer:-

No. 449, Company Sergeant- Major



Other Medal's awarded to

Herbert Joseph Hall



Awarded the 1914-1915 Star


Awarded the British War Medal



Awarded the Victory Medal



Bert holding his sister Ivy's son, Geoff Young



Herbert's wife,

Lizzie Costella Green


Wesley Hall



Wesley Hall with mother, Lizzie




Herbert Hall holding grandson, Andrew Hall


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