An Old Coathamian – Not Forgotten

Arthur Ernest HALL

Lieutenant, 6th (Service) Battalion,
Alexandra, Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)
[later called The Green Howards].

Born 27 September 1894,
Died 22 August 1915, aged 21 years.

Commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli,
Turkey, Panel 55 to 58.

He died during the ill-fated Gallipoli Campaign in the Dardanelles. Another Old Coathamian in the same battalion, Lieutenant Hugh Casley (q.v.), died in the same operation. The Helles Memorial contains over 21,000 names of British and Commonwealth forces who lost their lives in this campaign.

Arthur Ernest Hall was the son of Arthur Malthouse Hall and Edith Ada Hall, and had at least two sisters, Edith and Greta, and one other unidentified sibling. His father’s occupation was varied, being noted as ‘manager of a motor works’ in the school Register, in contrast to the 1911 Census records which state he was a ‘dealer in pianos’. In Arthur’s time at Coatham Grammar School the family lived in at least three different addresses in Coatham and Arthur even became a boarder at the school in 1911, a contemporary of J.D. Stubbs (q.v.). and F.S. Scott (q.v.). He started in the preparatory class in April 1903 aged eight and remained until 15 May 1913, when he was 18 years old. He passed Cambridge Preliminary and Junior examinations in 1908 and 1910 and in 1913 achieved Durham Matriculation, which enabled him to proceed to Armstrong College, Newcastle, at that time part of Durham University and a specialist centre for Science and Engineering. Given the date of his death he will have volunteered for Army service early in the War.