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949742
  • Title
    Arthur Charles Hall war diary, 21 December 1916 - 24 June 1919
  • Creator
  • Call number
    MLMSS 8113
  • Level of description
    Collection
  • Date

    1916-1919
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    949742
  • Issue Copy
    Digitised
  • Physical Description
    0.01 metres of textual material (1 folder)
  • ADMINISTRATIVE/ BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY

    Arthur Hall was born in Granville, NSW in 1896. He was working as an overseer on his father's properties near Nyngan, NSW, when he enlisted in the A.I.F. on 3 April 1916 at the age of 19. He embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A40 Ceramic, 7 Oct. 1916 and joined the 54th Battalion in France in Feb. 1917. He was wounded 30 Mar. 1917 and hospitalised with trench fever in Jan. 1918.
    During his battalion's attack on Péronne, 1–2 Sept. 1918, Sergeant 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. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry. He returned to Australia on SS Devanha, 8 May 1919.
    During the Second World War he served as a lieutenant in a garrison battalion before returning to his sheep and cattle property, near Coolabah, N.S.W. He died at Nyngan in 1978.
    Reference:
    Australian War Memorial. https://www.awm.gov.au/people/850.asp (accessed November 10, 2011)
  • Scope and Content
    A brief daily account of his war service including details of the training camp 'Bull Ring', near Etaples, France; movements of his battalion throughout France and Belgium; front line action in France and visits to England whilst on leave.
    A typed transcript of the diary is included.
  • Source
    Presented by Dennis Hall, October 2011
  • Access Conditions

    This material is held offsite and can take up to four days to retrieve.
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright status:: In copyright
  • General note

    State Library of New South Wales collection of World War I diaries
    Digital order no:Album ID : 1023874
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