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Joseph HALL

Regimental number79
Place of birthLanark England
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationCoal-cutter
AddressCollie, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, Joseph Hall, Brocksburn, Scotland
Enlistment date27 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name28th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/45/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia,
30 Officers and 982 Other Ranks embarked at Fremantle on HMAT A11 'Ascanius' on 29 June 1915; 12 others embarked at Fremantle on HMAT A36 'Thirty-Six' on 12 July 1916. From Embarkation Records it is not possible to distinguish the latter 12.
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll7th Light Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal (Distinguished Conduct Medal ?)


Recommendation date: 20 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 21 June 1919
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For gallantry and continuous good work during the period 25 February to 16 September 1918. On the 4 July, near Villers-Bretonneux, east of Amiens, he was in charge of a mortar which was taking part in a preliminary bombardment. A bomb was passed to him, and it was discovered, just as it was dropped into the gun, that the safety tape had come off the bomb. He promptly put his hand down the barrel, pulled the bomb out, and threw it over the parapet. His courage and initiative saved three lives.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

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