The Men from Hyde – Henry Charles Hall

Henry Charles Hall’s grandparents, George and Charlotte Hall, lived at 2, Jewry Street in 1861 while his father, Henry George Hall, aged 13, was at boarding school nearby at Trafalgar House in Trafalgar Street.  By 1871 the family was living at 69, Hyde Street where they remained for many years.  George Hall was a farmer, born and bred in Winchester, as were his wife and children.  His son Henry George Hall, the father of Henry Charles, married Annie Cook from Alresford in 1875.

In the 1881 census, Henry George, now 33, has taken over from his father at 69, Hyde Street; he is a farmer of 200 acres and employs 7 men.  At this time he has 3 children: George (3), Annie (2), and Ethel Mary (1).  There is also a domestic servant.

Henry Charles was born in 1884, the sixth child of Henry George and Annie.

A few years later, in the 1891 census, Henry Charles has 6 siblings, all born in Winchester and looked after by a governess, Florence Castle, aged 25. There is also a domestic servant.

In the 1901 census, there are two more children: Thomas Pain (7) and Norah K (2 months). Of the siblings, only the eldest are present: Annie (23), Ethel Mary (22), Walter (20), and Henry Charles (17); the others are possibly at boarding school. There are two domestic servants.

Henry Charles’s mother Annie died in 1911 aged 56, around the time of the census.  Her husband Henry George is 63 and states that he has been married for 35 years and had 10 children, 4 of whom have died.  The family is still living at 69 Hyde Street and running the farm with the help of Walter (29), Henry Charles (26) and Thomas Pain (16).  There is a general servant, but daughter Annie (33) is running the household (“maid of all works”) with Margaret (24, washerwoman).

Henry George Hall died three years later in 1914, aged 66.

It is not known when Henry Charles enlisted in the army.  He enlisted first in the Wiltshire Regiment and was then moved to the 1/1st Hampshire Yeomanry.  The Hampshire Yeomanry was also known as the Hampshire Carabiniers – as a Yeomanry cavalry regiment formed during the French Revolutionary Wars – and known as the Carabiniers.

The 1st Line regiment was mobilized at Winchester in August 1914 and moved to the Portsmouth defences.  In March 1916, the regiment was split up as divisional cavalry squadrons.  The Regimental Headquarters and ‘B’ Squadron of the Hampshire Yeomanry were based at Hyde Close.  Both joined the 60th (2/2nd London) Division and landed at Le Havre on 25th June 1916.  A few days later, RHQ joined IX Corps Cavalry and ‘B’ Squadron joined XVII Corps Cavalry.  Both rejoined as one regiment on 25 January 1917, serving as IX Corps Cavalry Regiment up to 25 July 1917.  On 25 August 1917, the regiment dismounted and went to be trained as infantry.  On 27 September 1917, the regiment joined 15th Battalion the Hampshire Regiment and was renamed the 15th (Hampshire Yeomanry) Battalion.

The Battalion was in 122nd Brigade41st Division.  On 12 November 1917, it moved to the Italian Front with the division, but returned to the Western Front at the beginning of May 1918 and remained there until the end of the war.

The ‘Advance in Flanders’ in Belgium took place between 18 August – 6 September 1918 when the Second and Fifth Armies began operations in the Lys valley, recapturing the ground lost in April 1918.  Henry Charles Hall was by then a 2nd Lieutenant in the Second Army. He was Killed in Action on 4th September 1918 aged 34.

Henry is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in West Flanders, one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient, formed during the First Battle of Ypres in 1914.  The battles of the Ypres Salient claimed many lives on both sides and it quickly became clear that the commemoration of members of the Commonwealth forces with no known grave would have to be divided between several different sites.

The Menin Gate Memorial commemorates those who died in the Salient before 16 August 1917, and those who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot, a site which marks the furthest point reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium until nearly the end of the war.  Tyne Cot bears the names of almost 35,000 officers and men whose graves are not known.

Henry has three service records:

Service record 1: No 100240, Corporal in the 1/1st Hampshire Regiment

Service record 2: No 204660, Corporal in the 15th Hampshire Regiment

Service record 3: 2nd Lieutenant in the Wiltshire Regiment

Henry Charles’s brother, Thomas Pain Hall, served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Hussars and survived.  The Winchester War Service Register gives the address of Henry Charles and Thomas Pain Hall as 32, Hyde Street, Winchester.

In 1925, at the age of 30, Thomas Pain Hall married Kathleen M Gray in Winchester.

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