Athelstan HALL

Athelstan Argyle Hall was born in South Yarra, Victoria, Australia in 1894. The third son of Thomas Skarratt Hall and his wife, Jane Kirk.

After spending some time at a public school in Bournemouth, which his two brothers Harold and Walter also attended, Athelstan was educated at Eton College.

The Thetford and Watton Times of Saturday October 12th, 1914 reported:

East Anglians on Active Service

A worthy example has been set the young men of this small village by the three sons of Mrs T S Hall of Weeting Hall, as they have all joined the colours.

  • Capt Harold Hall 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queens Bays)
  • Lieut Walter Hall 20th Hussars
  • 2nd Lieut Athelstan Hall Western Cable Company

He became a 2nd Lieutenant in the Western Cable Signal Company on 9th September 1914. On 9th December 1914 he became a temporary second Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers Territorial force.

He stayed in the Royal Engineers, and one week after the armistice in 1918 he filed a patent for "Improvements in or relating to wireless signalling apparatus" - this was granted on 18 May 1920. in the patent he is described as Lieutenant R E Wireless Section, Head Quarters, Cavalry Corps, BEF France.

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