Hall, Henry Edmund: Service no. 53409

Digitized Service Record

Source: 153rd Battalion web site, 30th Regiment.


Contributed by Murray Hall from the 18th Battalion Facebook Group. Part of a post card. See image below for reverse of card. Corrected image. Original image below.

Trade listed as Farmer. DOB 22-5-80, born Harriston. NOK Mary Harrison, mother. Edmund Hall, father. Enlisted 18th Battalion Fergus 27-10-14 (age 34 years). 5 foot 6 inches. Hazel eyes, dark brown hair. Presbyterian. Lists 8 years service with 30th Regiment. Name is on 18th Battalion Sailing List SS Grampian 29-4-15. Embarked for France with 18th Battalion, 18-9-15. GSW left buttock, 18-9-16. Medical Board 31-5-17, diagnosed Chronic Nephritis, disability is permanent. Returned to Canada aboard Hospital Ship Letitia 11-5-17. Demobilized London, 30-11-17, unfit for further war service. Ontario Marriage Registry, married Alice McGregor, 28-4-20 at Palmerston. Veterans Death Card: died 27-9-56, cause broncho pneumonia, was war service related. NOK Alice Hall, widow, Harriston. Buried Harriston Public Cemetery, headstone photo courtesy B. Gilbert.
File: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 3944 – 13.”

Summary of Service[i] for Henry Edmund Hall, reg. no. 53409

May 22, 1880BornBorn at Harriston, Ontario to Mr. and Mrs. Mary Hall.
October 27, 1914EnlistedEnlists with the 18th Battalion at Fergus, Ontario. An unmarried farmer he shows that he has 8-years militia experience with the 30th Wellington Rifles. ). He is 34-years old and stand 5’6” tall and is listed as having a dark complexion, hazel eyes, and dark brown hair. He practices the Presbyterian faith.
April 1, 1915Assigns PayAssigns $20.00 per month to his mother, Mrs. May Hall of Harriston, Ontario.
April 18, 1915Leaves London, OntarioLeaves to embark SS Grampianv at Halifax, Nova Scotia for England.
 Embarks S.S. GrampianEmbarks transport ship at Halifax, Nova Scotia.
April 29, 1915Arrives EnglandArrives with 18th Battalion at Avonmouth and the Battalion entrains to West Sandling for training with the 2nd Canadian Contingent (2nd Division)
May 6, 1915Forfeits PayForfeits 1-day’s pay for being AWL.
June 29, 1915Forfeits PayForfeits 7-day’s pay for being AWL.
September 15, 1915Embarks to FranceAlong with the rest of the 18th Battalion and the 2nd Contingent, he boards a channel steamer for France for service in Belgium
September 18, 1916AdmittedGSW to left buttock and GSW wound (slight) to left hip. Admitted to No. 2 Canadian General Hospital, Le Tréport France.
September 22, 1916TransportedTransported from France to England aboard the HS Asturias.
September 22, 1916TransferredAdministratively transferred from the 18th Battalion to the CCAC, Folkestone and TOS on September 24, 1916.
September 24, 1916AdmittedAdmitted Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, England.
November 1, 1916AdmittedAdmitted to Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park Hospital, Epsom.
November 14, 1916PostedPosted to CCD for PT at Shoreham.
December 30, 1916TOSTOS from CCTB to a unit at Hastings.
January 24, 1917 SOS from previous unit and transferred to 4th Canadian Reserve Battalion and TOS at West Sandling.
January 27, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to Moore Barracks Hospital, Shornecliffe for a kidney problem.
May 11, 1917DischargedDischarged Moore Barrack Hospital. He is SOS to WORD in preparation to being invalided to Canada.
May 21, 1917To Convalesce at HomeTo convalesce at home. Being sent to MD 1, London, Ontario.
May 22, 1917EmbarksEmbarks the SS Letitia for Canada.
May 31, 1917ArrivesArrives at Quebec City.
June 10, 1917MedicalSuffering from chronic nephritis due to service.
October 15, 1917Medically BoardedReview of medical condition and discharge recommended as unfit for further service.
December 31, 1917DischargedDischarged at MD 1, London, Ontario. Proposed residence is  Harriston, Ontario. Indicates 2 bullet wounds left hip. Military character “good”.
April 28, 1920MarriesMarries Alice Harriett MacGregor Hall.
September 27, 1956PassesAt Westminster Hospital, London, Ontario due to bronchopneumonia.
September 1956InterredInterred at the Harriston Cemetery Harriston, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada.


AWLAbsent Without Leave: Generally, a soldier would be deducted 1-days pay for every day absent. In some cases, the soldier would be confined to barracks. Sometimes it was a combination of both.
A ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. A1, A2, A3 and A4 were assigned to different units with the expectation that these men would be able to serve with active combat units. See this link for more information.
B ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. B1, B2, and B3 were assigned to different service units such as railway and forestry corps. See this link for more information.
D ClassificationSee this link for more information.
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CBConfined to Barracks: a punishment for minor infractions.
CCDCasualty Convalescent Depot: a depot at a base where men, in their final stages of convalescing, would be prepared for duty depending on their rating.
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CCRCCanadian Corps Reserve Camp
CCSCasualty Clearing Station: this facility was attached to rail transportation from the front to hospitals on the coast of France
CDCCanadian Dispatch Camp
CFACanadian Field Ambulance/Canadian Field Artillery. Most common usage would be Canadian Field Ambulance.
DAHDisorderly Action of the Heart
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
In the FieldThis term relates to a soldier arriving at an active-duty unit after transporting from England, to France, and then to his duty assignment. The routing varied from soldier to soldier and could take 2-3 days to several months.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin: This was a term used for any illness that could not clearly be identified and typically was related to influenza symptoms.
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CFACanadian Field Ambulance
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
WORDWestern Ontario Regimental Depot

[i] The Summary of Service for this soldier is meant as just that, a summary of his service. It is not intended to be an exhaustive biographical relation of his life or his war service. Some information may be deliberately suppressed by the author out of sensitivity to the soldier. Readers are encouraged to reference the actual service records available at the Library and Archives Canada in PDF format if they wish to learn more about this soldier. Such additional information (i.e. hyperlinks etc.) are for informational purpose only and no claim to verification or accuracy is made by the author of this summary.

Contributed by Murray Hall from the 18th Battalion Facebook Group. Part of a post card. See image below for reverse of card.

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