Fred Hall, Private 291460, 7th Cheshire Regiment
Died 26th March 1917 in Gaza, Palestine, aged 24
Son of Matthew and Elisabeth Hall; husband of Alice Hall, of 92, Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire.
The death of Fred Hall was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 22 February 1918:
PRIVATE F HALL KILLED: A FORMER BOY SCOUT – Mrs Hall, 92 Park Lane, Macclesfield, has received official news that her husband, Pte Fred Hall, 7th Ches Regt, was killed in action at the battle of Gaza on March 26th, 1917. The notice stated that the body had been found. Pte Hall had been officially reported missing since the date of his death, and at the time Mrs Hall had a letter from the late Captain Charles Moss, who stated that he saw her husband lying wounded on the field of battle. Pte Hall was then very cheery. He was left on the ground, which was subsequently taken possession of by the Turks. Since then, Mrs Hall has been in communication with the Red Cross Society at Geneva, who did all possible to discover Pte Hall’s whereabouts… Several of the men who were with Private Hall at Gaza were taken prisoner. Pte Hall himself was badly wounded in both legs and received first aid before he was missed.
The late Pte Hall was a Macclesfield man and was educated at St George’s London Road Branch School. On leaving, he entered the employ of Messrs A B Carlisle, Ltd, as a paper finisher, with whom he remained until joining the Army in January 1916. Pte Hall enlisted in the 7th Cheshires and went out to Egypt the following October, where he joined his brother, Pte James Hall, of the same regiment, who was also wounded at the battle of Gaza, sustaining an injury to his arm. The late Pte Hall was a former member of the Brunswick Boy Scouts, and office-bearer in the Brunswick Wesleyan Band of Hope, and a scholar at the centenary Sunday School. He was also an active worker in connection with the Young Men’s Christian Association. His younger brother, Robert, is serving on the East Coast. The late Pte Hall’s father was deeply grieved by the news that his son was missing and died about two months ago.
Private Fred Hall is buried in grave ref. XIII. A. 11 in the Gaza War Cemetery. His wife asked for the inscription “NOT GONE FROM LOVE, BUT JUST PASSED ON, TO HEAVEN’S FULLER LIFE” to be added to his headstone.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Fred Hall.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)