Charles Frederick Hall
5947545, Private Charles Frederick Hall, Age 27
5th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Died 12 May 1941
Private 5947545, 5th Battalion, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment. Died 12/05/1941. Age 27.
Son of Charles and Cissy Hall. In 1940 Charles married Florence May Hood of Walton. The family are living at 61 King Street, Walton. Their daughter Mary was born 10th May 1941.
On the 12th May 1941 the local area was subjected to a large aerial attack. "At 0258 hrs eight H.E. bombs all believed to be 250 kg (two of them being unexploded) and about 50 1 kg I.Bs fell amongst houses in King Street and on a field at Walton Hall Farm. Four persons killed, Mary Hood, Charles Hall, unnamed female child Hall aged 2 days, and Elizabeth Lyon. 10 persons seriously injured and 7 slightly injured. 8 houses demolished, others damaged in King Street, Maidstone Road, etc. 280 separate premises damaged." From the diary of Inspector Rush.
Charles who was still in training with the Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment was killed along with his baby daughter and is buried at Felixstowe New Cemetery.
Son in law of Mary Hood.
Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Regiment
King Street in the aftermath of the bombing. Photos courtesy of John Michael Smith.