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18 September 2014
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A Soldier's Tale

Click on the objects pictured below to piece together the military career of Frederick Henry Johnson Hall. Choose between his five medals, watch, soldier's service book, ration tin and cemetery report, to find out what they can tell you about him.

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Image of Frederick Henry Johnson Hall Image of Frederick Hall's Queen's South Africa Medal 1899-1902 Image of Frederick Hall's King's South Africa Medal 1901-1902 Image of Frederick Hall's 1914-15 Star Image of British War Medal 1914-20Image of Frederick Hall's Victory Medal 1914-18
Image of Frederick Hall's watch Image of Frederick Hall's service book
Image of Frederick Hall's ration tin Image of Frederick Hall's cemetery certificate
Image of gold watch face

Image of back of watch

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A watch from South Africa

This watch has been a family heirloom for generations and may be gold plated. The watch is now in the possession of Brian Hall - the grandson of Frederick - who remembers hearing about the watch's existence from several family members. Frederick Henry Johnson Hall fought in the Royal Horse Artillery in South Africa and received both the King's and the Queen's medals for services during the Boer War. It was during this war that the watch was 'acquired'. Details of how Fred came by the watch will never be known; did he find it on the battlefield or did it pass into his hands as the spoils of war?

Details of the watch can be found on the back. Amongst the intricate workings, the name 'Elgin' has been engraved, with the issue number of '9220953' and country of origin, 'USA'.


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