THE VICTORIA CROSS AWARDED TO COMPANY SERGEANT MAJOR FREDERICK HALL, 8TH BN ( 90TH WINNIPEG RIFLES ), CEF, HAS BEEN ACQUIRED BY THE CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM.
8 November 2012


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Medal entitlement of Company Sergeant Major Frederick Hall,
8th Bn ( 90th Winnipeg Rifles ), Canadian Expeditionary Force

  • Victoria Cross
  • 1914-15 Star
  • British War Medal ( 1914-20 )
  • Victory Medal ( 1914-19 )

The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa has recently acquired the Victoria Cross awarded to Company Sergeant Major Frederick Hall, 8th Bn ( 90th Winnipeg Rifles ), Canadian Expeditionary Force. The museum now holds all three Victoria Crosses of the Canadian recipients who lived on Pine Street ( now Valour Road ), Winnipeg, Manitoba:
  • Corporal Lionel ( Leo ) Clarke VC - ( No. 785 )
  • Company Sergeant Major Frederick Hall VC - ( No. 778 )
  • Lieutenant Colonel Robert Shankland VC DCM - ( No. 733 )


For the award of the Victoria Cross

[ London Gazette, 23 June 1915 ], Ypres, Belgium, 24 April 1915, Company Sergeant Major Frederick William Hall, 8th Bn, Manitoba Regiment, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

On 24th April 1915, in the neighbourhood of Ypres, when a wounded man who was lying some 15 yards from the trench called for help, Company Serjeant-Major Hall endeavoured to reach him in the face of a very heavy enfilade fire which was being poured in by the enemy. The first attempt failed, and a Non-commissioned Officer and private soldier who were attempting to give assistance were both wounded. Company Serjeant-Major Hall then made a second most gallant attempt, and was in the act of lifting up the wounded man to bring him in when he fell mortally wounded in the head.
Frederick Hall has no known grave. His name is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Panel 24.

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Iain Stewart, 8 November 2012