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Hall, S., Pte., 1918
In Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich, Nord, is the Commonwealth War Grave of 58765 Private Stanley Hall serving with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry who died 29/09/1918.

Pauline Priano has submitted the following:-

Stanley Hall was born 1896 at Cornforth, County Durham. He can be found living with his widowed mother, listed only as M. Hall, born 1870 Witton Gilbert and a brother William, at Brickgarth, Hetton le Hole in 1901 when he was 5 years old.

Stanley enlisted at Sunderland when war broke out and was originally assigned as Private 94972 Durham Light Infantry, 11th Pioneer Battalion. His military record no longer exists, one of the 70% that were destroyed or damaged during the blitz of WW2, it is therefore impossible to know when or where he was transferred to the Kingís Own Yorkshire Light Infantry as Private 58765, however he did not leave for the front until 1916. In February 1918 the K.O.Y.L.I. transferred to the 187th Brigade, 62nd Division and renamed the 5th Battalion. Private 58765 Stanley Hall, Kingís Own Yorkshire Light Infantry was killed in action September 29th 1918 during the Cambrai Offensive. His body was buried on the battlefield, marked with a cross and a record made of the map reference. Fifteen Ravine British Cemetery, Villers-Plouich, Nord, France was begun by the 17th Welsh Regiment in 1917 and extended after Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields south east of Cambrai. The body of Private Hall was exhumed, brought into the cemetery and he was interred row III. E. 16. He was 22 years old.

His widow Arabella Hall nee Wright whom he had married in the district of Easington, March 1918, received all monies due to him, a pension and his awards of the British War Medal and Victory Medal, sent to her at the address of 20, Hawthorn Terrace, South Hetton, County Durham. There is no evidence to date of a child.

In Godís safe keeping. Rest In Peace.

Stanley Hall is remembered at Hawthorn on H119.01 at South Hetton on S127.03 and S127.05


The CWGC entry for Private Hall

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