PRIVATE 7605 IST BATTALION QUEEN’S OWN ROYAL WEST KENT REGIMENT. DIED OF WOUNDS 9TH MAY 1917 AGE 19YRS.
REMEMBERED WITH HONOUR AUBIGNY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION PAS DE CALAIS FRANCE. GRAVE REF: II.H.43
Arthur Frederick Hall was born in Flackwell Heath circa 1898. He was the son of Robert & Ellen. In 1901 the family were living in Flackwell Heath and Arthur’s father is listed as a dealer working from home. His mother Ellen was born in Kent and his father in Flackwell Heath. His siblings listed at this time were Ethel aged 10yrs, Gertrude aged 9yrs, Robert aged 7yrs and baby Amelia aged 1yr. Arthur is 3yrs old.
In 1911 Arthur is 13yrs old and living at White House, Flackwell Heath with his older sister Maud, an assistant teacher given as the Head of the household, his sister Gertrude, a pupil school teacher, his brother Robert a milkman, younger sister Amelia and a servant girl. Neither parent is listed so may have died. It is possible that the father died in 1905 aged 41yrs.
Arthur enlisted at Hounslow in Middlesex and served firstly with the West Kent Yeomanry (1587) before being transferred as an infantryman to the Royal West Kent Regiment.
Despite having an operation he volunteered to go out with his “pals” although not on the Draft list. He served for 5mths in the thickest of the fighting before being badly wounded in both legs. He was admitted to hospital but only lived for a few hours and died at midnight.
His photo was from the South Bucks Free press on 8/6/1917.