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Gunner Harry Hall

Gunner Harry Hall

 

Unit : "B" Troop, 1st Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery

Army No. : 1591003

 

Harry Hall was born at Jessy Street, Bradford, on the 21st May 1920. He had served with the 1st Airlanding Anti-Tank Battery during the Invasion of Sicily, where the glider in which he was travelling, like so many others, landed in the sea, however, being a good swimmer, he was able to make his way ashore. He had been receiving treatment in a hospital shortly before Operation Market Garden, but with the help of his cousin, Private Ronald Ellis, he found his way out and was allowed to accompany his cousin's unit as a parachutist.

 

His descent onto the drop zone, the specific day is not certain, was not at all a comfortable one. Ellis jumped and Hall followed behind him, and on the way down Ellis was hit by an enemy round, which passed through him and proceeded through Hall's pack and then his chute. He suffered a heavy landing too and broke a bone in his shoulder. Undeterred, Hall made his way to the Battery rendezvous and served with them until the Division was withdrawn. At 02:00 on Tuesday 26th September, the last of his gun crew's ammunition was destroyed and the men sought refuge in a nearby cafe, where they were later taken prisoner.

 

During his time as a Prisoner of War, Hill was amongst a column of prisoners being moved to another camp, possibly as part of the infamous "Long March" of early 1945, when he escaped and was later picked up by a US Army reconnaissance unit.

 

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