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  • ID: I5
  • Name: William Reid Hall
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 10 MAR 1893 in Oldham
  • Christening: 23 MAR 1893 St Thomas's Church, Werneth
  • Death: 23 JUL 1968 in Melyniog, Llansantffraid
  • Burial: Llandysilio Graveyard
  • Note:
    William Reid Hall was educated at Clifton School.

    In the First World War he was a Captain in the Signals responsible for training new recruits.
    Following is an extract of his service from 'Memoirs of S.53' in 1918:
    Hall, Captain W.R., 2/1st Denbigh (Hussars) Yeomanry.
    Gazetted Second Lietenant, Oct 19th, 1914. Promoted Lieutenant, June
    1st, 1915; Captain, May 1st 1916. Regimental Signal Officer, 1916
    Brigade Signal Officer, 1916-17-18. Recreations: Riding, Shooting,
    Hunting, Fishing. Address: Toravon, Werneth, Oldham.
    "Pentre Ucha," Llanymynech.

    W R Hall Specialist Wireless Telegraphy Training Technical Knowledge-31-Jan-1918
    LIEUT. (Acting unpaid Captain) W.R.Hall - age 25
    Technical knowledge and Training.
    An engineer by profession with practical experience of
    pattern making, tool fitting, turning and milling also
    setting up and working electric motors and dynamos. He has
    a good knowledge of the working and mechanism of oil and
    petrol engines.
    He has been in Command of the 6th. Cyclist Bde. Signal Troop
    since 1st May 1916 and has had to superintend the erection
    of about 70 miles airline for Coast defence purposes.
    He has had experience in testing and localisation of faults
    with the Wheatstone bridge etc. A good theoretical knowledge
    of the Fullerphone also all the instruments with which this
    Brigade is equipped for Coast defence and other purposes.
    A slight knowledge of Wireless telegraphy and a thorough
    grounding in general electrical knowledge.
    He was educated at Clifton College 1903 - 1911 where he
    specialised in Chemistry, Physics and mathematics followed by
    six months in a French family near Blois.

    W R Hall Request to be posted overseas 14-Oct-1918
    From capt W. R. Hall
    I have the honour to request that you will
    forward this my application to proceed overseas at an
    early date by reasons for the regiment and as
    1) I was commisioned to the 2nd Denbighshire Yeomanry in
    Oct 1914 and signed to voluntary service overseas.
    When the first draft was called for I
    was not available being under instruction for signalling.
    Later I was seconded to comm. the 2nd work
    London Brigade Signal Section and for 2 years
    was emplyed on C.D. work between Berwick
    and L. by Sea. During this time I made three
    attempts to get over seas but all were unsucessful.
    2) The above correspondence explains what brought
    me to the Training Centre. I am exceeding keen
    on wireless work and did not apply for the
    _ course owing to the delay in getting
    overseas which would be occasioned thereby.

    W R Hall Thanks from PM David Lloyd-George 4-Jul-1921
    10 Downing Street,
    London, S.W.1
    4th July, 1921
    I have much pleasure in personally thanking you
    and in conveying to you the thanks of my colleagues, for
    the services you have rendered during the recent national
    The readiness which you and others have shown
    in coming forward to defend the public was an effectual
    guarantee for the maintenance of law and order, and for
    the prerservation of the people from threatened privation
    and misery; it will be remembered with gratitude by all
    sections of the community.
    I trust that no further demand will have to be
    made on your services. If however, a fresh necessity
    should arise, I feel sure you will respond with no less
    public spirit and zeal than you have shown during the past
    I am, Sir
    Your obedient Servant,
    David Lloyd George
    Capt W R Hall
    T/Capt East Lancs
    Sigs (D.F.)

    After the war, He became an engineer and served as director of Platt Bros from 1924-62.

    He was praised in the book 'Platts' by R.H. Eastham when he allayed the workers fears at a meeting in Oldham in the late 1940s stating that he was not in favour of the rumour to move all the textile machinery operations from Oldham to Barton.

    On July 6th 1926 he married Alice Mary Goldie Macmillan who was born on 13th January 1902.
    They lived at Melyniog, Llansantffraid.

    In the 1939 register, he was living at 189 Windsor Road, and occupation was works manager at munitions works. The other resident was Hilda Bradbury the head.

    He received an MBE for apprehending an armed burglar.
    Below is the citation in the London Gazette, Tuesday, 21st April 1964:
    William Reid HALL, Llansantffraid, Montgomeryshire.
    Shortly after midnight a man armed with a
    shot gun climbed through the window of
    Mr. Hall's bedroom, woke him, and holding
    the gun a few feet from his head threatened
    to shoot him if he moved. Mr. Hall, although
    partially crippled, got out of bed as quickly
    as he could and attacked the intruder with a
    stick. The muzzle of the gun was knocked
    upwards and a scrimmage occurred during
    which the intruder was struck on his head and
    dazed. He calmed down somewhat and Mr.
    Hall managed to obtain possession of the gun.
    He immediately threw it from the window into
    the yard. His wife then telephoned the police.
    The burglar tried to get away by the window
    but Mr. Hall prevented him and kept him in
    conversation for some time until the police


    William Reid Hall at time of WW1

    Photo from newspaper article at Glencrosh

    William Hall & Alice Macmillan marriage

    The Blitz over Manchester - taken by WR Hall from Oldham 22nd December 1940

    William Reid Hall with daughter Margaret

  • Change Date: 20 JUL 2017 at 20:14:26

    Father: Henry Platt Hall b: 9 APR 1863 in Salford, Lancashire
    Mother: Margaret Alison Reid b: 9 DEC 1863 in Rose Villa, Pendleton, Lancashire

    Marriage 1 Alice Mary Goldie Macmillan b: 13 JAN 1902 in Moniaive, Dumfries
    • Married: 6 JUL 1926 in Glencairn Parish Church, Dumfries
    1. Has No Children Peter Macmillan Hall b: 28 NOV 1927 in Pentrehylin Hall, Llanymynech
    2. Has Children Margaret Goldie Hall b: 15 DEC 1929 in Windsor Road, Oldham, Lancashire
    3. Has Children Living Hall
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