An Army Long Service Medal to the Royal 22nd Regiment
An Army Long Service Medal to the Royal 22nd Regiment - GRVI with Canada Suspension (BAND-CPL. W.J. HALL RI.22e.R.). Naming is officially impressed. Original ribbon with safety pin attachment, light contact, extremely fine. Accompanied by his Statement of Service in the Canadian Armed Forces, his England General Registrar Office Certified Copy of an Entry of Death (number DXZ 067322), along with copies of his Attestation Papers, Service Records and Discharge Certificates. Footnote: William John Hall was born on February 17, 1879 in Fataghur, Bengal, India. He enlisted with the Imperial Forces as a "Boy" on July 31, 1890, at the age of 11 and later saw service with the Rifle Brigade in South Africa during the Boer War (1901-1902), earning him the Queen's South Africa Medal with the Transvaal Clasp. His initial service in the Imperial Forces totalled over fifteen years, from July 31, 1890 to November 4, 1904. In his personal life, he married Mary Ann Louise Dodd on July 25, 1901 in Southampton, England, and they were later to have one son, Victor Joseph Hall. His break in service from the Imperial Forces lasted all of five weeks, before he returned to active service on December 9, 1904. During the First World War, Hall served with the Royal Marines from June 19, 1916 to February 15, 1919, when he was discharged from active service. He was awarded the Naval Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on June 18, 1916, followed after the war by his award of the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. After the war, he moved to Canada and enlisted with the Permanent Force of Canada, signing his Attestation Paper on October 18, 1923 at Quebec City, Quebec, with the Royal 22nd Regiment (P-48460) of the Canadian Army (Permanent Force), stating that he had previous service with the Rifle Brigade and the Royal Marines, that he was Married and that his trade was that of Musician. He spent most of those sixteen years with the Royal 22nd Regiment at the Citadel in Quebec City, but did see short postings at times in Montreal, Toronto and Halifax. He was granted One Good Conduct Badge on March 8, 1926. Hall re-engaged for three years' additional service on four occasions (October 20, 1926, October 19, 1929, October 18, 1932, October 18, 1935). He was granted the unpaid acting rank of Corporal on March 9, 1937 and the unpaid acting rank of Sergeant on April 2, 1937, was promoted to Band Corporal on probation on January 11, 1939 and confirmed in that rank on April 1st. He was awarded the Coronation Medal 1937 on January 18, 1938. Upon the outbreak of the Second World War, Hall enlisted with the Canadian Army Active Service Force, signing his Attestation Paper on September 1, 1939 in Quebec City, stating that he had previous service with the Rifle Brigade, the Royal Marines and the Royal 22nd Regiment, that he was Married and that his trade was that of Musician. Upon enlistment, he was posted to the Regimental Depot of the Royal 22nd Regiment, then was absorbed at District Depot, Military District No. 5 in Quebec City, on August 6, 1940. Hall was discharged four months later, on December 2, 1940, at District Depot, Military District No. 5 in Quebec City, by reason of being "Physically unfit for military service under existing standards", at the age of 61. Hall was awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with Canada Suspension Bar by Government Order No. 349 (also known as the Canadian Medal for Long Service and Good Conduct (Military)). The award acknowledged his combined service of 19 years, 9 months, 12 days with the Royal Marines (2 years, 7 months, 27 days) and the Royal 22nd Regiment (17 years, 1 month, 15 days), and was published in the Canada Gazette on September 18, 1943, page 3840. Diagnosed with heart problems Hall moved back to England, where he died on March 31, 1944 in Southampton from "natural causes", attributed to "heart failure due to chronic pulmonary disease". His age at the time of death is listed as 67 on his death certificate but that conflicts with his stated birth date, which would have made him 65. His widow, Mary, took receipt of his War Medal 1939-1945.