George F HALL
Rank: Lance Corporal
Number: 42087
Date of Death: 23 October 1918
Cemetery: Highland Cemetery, Le Cateau, Nord, France

Very little is known about George Hall. Regimental records published after the War indicate he was born in Woodley and enlisted into the army at Hyde. The family history website, FreeBMD, records the registration at Hyde of the birth in 1889 of a George Frances Hall, who may be him.

When he joined up, he originally enlisted into the Cheshire Regiment. His service number, 26409, indicates this was in the late spring or early summer of 1915. He went overseas on active service with the Regiment but was later transferred to the Borderers. The reason for the transfer is not known but it is possible that he had been wounded and, after recovering, the Borderers were in greater need of replacement troops. His final number, as above, suggests the transfer was probably in 1916.

There was only three weeks of the War left when the Borderers moved once again to the front line on 22 October. Of course, George and his mates couldn't know this, although they knew the British had been on the attack almost constantly since August. They had spent the day at rest in billets near Wassigny and took up their battle positions at 11pm. Three companies would be held in reserve whilst "D" was attached to the 2nd Battalion, Welsh Regiment which was to undertake the actual  attack in conjunction with a battalion of Gloucesters. At 1.20am, the men advanced, moving across No Man's Land behind a British artillery barrage which rolled forward before them. Two minutes later, the German artillery opened fire on the attackers. In spite of this, they captured their objectives and secured the gains. Casualties had been very light but George was one of the six dead.

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