Arthur Charles Hall VC

b. 11/08/1896 Granville, Sydney, Australia.. d. 25/02/1978 Nyngan, NSW, Australia.

Arthur Charles Hall (1896-1978) was born on 11th August 1896 at Granville, Sydney, eldest son of Charles Hall, grazier, of Glenelg station near Nyngan, and his wife Emma Jane, née King. He attended All Saints’ College, Bathurst, in 1909-12 and became an overseer on his father’s properties.

Arthur C Hall VC

Hall enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force at Dubbo on 3rd April 1916 and was posted to the 6th Reinforcements for the 54th Battalion, embarking in October. After further training in Britain, he joined his battalion on 8th February 1917 at Montauban, France. He received a severe leg wound on 30 March but returned to his unit on 21st April, and fought in the 2nd battle of Bullecourt in May and at Polygon Wood in September; he was promoted lance corporal in June and corporal in October. In 1918 his battalion returned to the Somme to fight at Villers-Bretonneux in April, Morlancourt in July, and in the general offensive from August.

On 1st September, while the 54th Battalion was engaged in an attack on Péronne, a machine-gun post was checking the advance. Single-handed, Hall ‘rushed the position, shot four of the occupants and captured nine others and two machine-guns. Then crossing the objective with a small party, he afforded excellent covering support for the remainder of the company’. He was continually in advance of the main party, located many points of resistance and personally led parties to attack them. Next day, while his unit mopped up at Péronne, Hall rescued a wounded mate under shell-fire. For his actions on 1 and 2 September he was awarded the Victoria Cross. On 11th October he was transferred to the 56th Battalion and on 6th March 1919 was promoted temporary sergeant a rank he retained until his discharge from the A.I.F. on 3rd August in Sydney.

After demobilization Hall returned to the Nyngan district where he bought a pastoral property, Gundooee station, near Coolabah. On 26th April 1927 he married Catherine Jessie Hemington Harris at the Union Church, Lahey’s Creek, with Anglican rites. In 1942 he served as a lieutenant in the 7th Garrison Battalion and on returning to Gundooee carried on his pastoral activities, running sheep and building up a fine herd of Poll Devon cattle. He was president of the Nyngan Picnic Race Club for twenty years and was a foundation member and keen competitor in the Coolabah District Rifle Club; he was also active in the Nyngan District Historical Society.

Survived by his wife, a daughter and three sons, Hall died in Nyngan District Hospital on 25th February 1978. He was buried at the tiny Anglican Church of St Matthew’s, West Bogan, which had been built from timber cut and milled on his property. His estate was sworn for probate at $160,191. He left his Victoria Cross to the Australian War Memorial.





Ashleigh Brown – Images of Hall VC’s grave at St Matthew’s, Coolabah, NSW.

Steve Lee – Image of the Hall VC Medal Group at Australian War Memorial, Canberra.