Hall, Thomas W

Thomas William Hall, Private 129726, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Died 23rd August 1918 at Orpington Hospital, aged 31

 

EARLY LIFE

Thomas William Hall was born in Macclesfield on 7 March 1887, the son of Annie (nee Davies) and James Hall, a brewers labourer.

In 1891, four-year-old Thomas was living at 1 Albion St with his parents and siblings James (11), Frederick (9), Joseph (8), Annie (5) and Emma (1), but by 1901 James had become a railway porter and the family had moved to 66 Troughton St, West Derby, Liverpool. Ten years later in 1911 the family had moved again, to 50 Granville Rd, Wavertree, Liverpool, and Thomas had joined his father in working for the railway company as a carriage cleaner.

Thomas was educated at the London Road (St George’s) Branch School, Macclesfield, being enrolled there on 30 October 1893.

In 1917 Thomas married Annie Bray at Sunderland Street Methodist Chapel, Macclesfield.

 

WWI SERVICE

Thomas enlisted in Liverpool in 1917 with the King’s Liverpool Regiment, receiving service number 208202, but was later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps with service number 129726.

Pte Thomas Hall was wounded in the back in May 1918 and repatriated to England for treatment at Orpington Hospital. He underwent four operations but eventually succumbed to his injuries. His death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on Friday 30 August 1918:

Another Macclesfield soldier who has made the supreme sacrifice is Pte Thomas William Hall, whose wife resides at 134 Bond Street. Pte Hall enlisted in May 1916 and went out to France in June 1917. He was severely wounded in the back in May, and succumbed to his injuries at the Orpington Hospital on August 23rd. Deceased underwent four operations. He was 31 years of age and was educated at London Road St George’s Branch School. In civil life he was employed by the L and N W Railway Company at Edge Hill, Liverpool. Pte Hall was highly respected and Mrs Hall received many beautiful letter from men of the company during the time her husband was in hospital.

The body was conveyed by rail to Macclesfield on Sunday and the funeral took place at the Cemetery on Tuesday afternoon. By special request, there were no military honours… there were many beautiful floral tributes. The bearers were the deceased’s brothers and brother-in-law. The breast-plate bore the inscription: “Pte T W Hall, 129726, King’s Liverpool Regt; died August 23rd from gun-shot wounds, aged 31 years.”

 The following week, the Macclesfield Times printed a report of the funeral:

The funeral took place at the Macclesfield Cemetery on August 27th of Pte Thomas William Hall… He enlisted in May 1917 and went to France in March 1918. Originally he was in the King’s Liverpool Regt, but was later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps… The mourners were Mrs Hall (widow), Mr James Hall (father), Rifleman J E Hall, Mr F Hall and Mr J Hall (brothers)…

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Thomas Hall is buried at Macclesfield Cemetery, Cheshire, in grave ref. X. 15540. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Thomas Hall, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

Locally, Private Thomas Hall is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall and St Michael’s Church war memorials, and on St John’s Church roll of honour.

 

NOTES

Brother of James Ernest Hall, who served as Rifleman S/37102 with the City of London Rifles and survived the war.

 

SOURCES

GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births, Marriages, Deaths
Census (England & Wales): 1891, 1901, 1911
National School Admission Registers and Log-books (Find My Past)
Soldiers Died in the Great War (Find My Past)
WWI Britain Absent Voters’ Lists (Find My Past)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times:30 August 1918, 6 September 1918, 23 September 1921 (photo supplement)


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