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  • Name: Arthur Charles HALL
  • D.O.B: 11th August, 1896
  • D.O.A: 2nd September, 1918
  • D.O.D: 25th February, 1978
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Corporal, 54th Battalion (New South Wales), 14th Brigade, 5th Division, Australian Imperial Force
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Péronne, France 1-2 September 1918

1-2 September 1918

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The First World War 1918 

In the successful Australian assault on Péronne on 1 September 1918 53rd Battalion (New South Wales) took part in the attack on Anvil Wood, just north-west of the town. Here Private W M Currey captured an enemy machine-gun. His battalion then came under fire from German troops who were holding out at Mont St Quentin to the north and at this point he disabled another enemy machine-gun. It was at 3am on the following morningIn the successful Australian assault on Péronne on 1 September 1918 53rd Battalion (New South Wales) took part in the attack on Anvil Wood, just north-west of the town. Here Private W M Currey captured an enemy machine-gun. His battalion then came under fire from German troops who were holding out at Mont St Quentin to the north and at this point he disabled another enemy machine-gun. It was at 3am on the following morning that he succeeded in warning an isolated company under Lieutenant W Waite to withdraw. Meanwhile, 54th Battalion (New South Wales) had been assigned to clear the area between the River Somme and the town and then to take the town itself. Temporary Corporal A H Buckley and Corporal A C Hall both distinguished themselves in capturing enemy machinegun posts. The Germans retreated into Péronne. Buckley was killed while attempting, with a small party, to cross a footbridge over the moat into the town. However, Hall and his unit were able to lay a plank bridge over the moat and enter the town. The following day, as the Australians consolidated their capture of Péronne, Hall carried a wounded soldier to safety.

Citation

 For most conspicuous bravery, brilliant leadership and devotion to duty during the operations at Peronne on 1st and 2nd September, 1918. During the attack on the 1st September a machine-gun post was checking the advance. Single-handed, he 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 to the remainder of the company. Continuously in advance of the main party, he located enemy posts of resistance and personally led parties to the assault. In this way he captured many small parties of prisoners and machine guns. On the morning of the 2nd September, during a very heavy barrage, he carried to safety a comrade who had been dangerously wounded and was urgently in need of medical attention, and immediately returned to his post. The energy and personal courage of this gallant non-commissioned officer contributed largely to the success of the operations, throughout which he showed utter disregard of danger and inspired confidence in all. 

Second Supplement to The London Gazette of 13 December 1918. 14 December 1918, Numb. 31067, p. 14778

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