Names on Ludwell War Memorial 1

Claude Miles Hall

Surname: Hall
Other names: Claude Miles
Other people in this story:
William Hall
Annie E. Hall
Locations in this story:
Tisbury, Wiltshire
France & Flanders
Bray Military Cemetery, France
Hillside Farm, Shaftesbury
Ludwell, Wiltshire
Shaftesbury Grammar School, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Story:
Claude Miles Hall was born in 1893 in the registration district of Tisbury. He was the son of William Hall, a farmer, and Annie E. Hall. He attended Shaftesbury Grammar School from September 1905 to December 1907. When he left school he became a farmer and at the time of the 1911 Census he was single and living at Hillside Farm, Shaftesbury.

On a list of old boys who have recently joined up, the June 1917 edition of the Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine shows that Claude had enlisted in the 8th (King’s Royal Irish) Hussars. In March 1918 it is noted that he visited the school while home on leave. He served in France & Flanders and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. At the time of his death he was attached to the Northumberland Fusiliers (Service No. H/35308) and held the rank of Private. He was killed in France on 22nd August 1918 and was buried at Bray Military Cemetery (grave id. II.J.21). He is remembered on the war memorial at Ludwell and on the memorial at Shaftesbury School.

His name was also included on a hand written list of Shaftesbury Grammar School old boys serving during the war. An asterix can be seen next to Claude's name, indicating that he had died. The board is now at Gold Hill Museum. 

Printed Sources: 
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, June 1917
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, March 1918
Shaftesbury Grammar School Magazine, November 1918

Images:
  • Ludwell War Memorial
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School War Memorial
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 1
  • Shaftesbury Grammar School Old Boys 3

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives
Shastonian