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  • Photograph of James Hall courtesy of 'silvergreyfish'
Person Details
Snedshill, Shropshire
He was the son of Thomas and Annie Hall and born in the first quarter 1859. On 1861 Census, he was living with his parents and siblings – John, Richard, Mary and Annie – at Shifnal, Staffordshire. His father was a furnace labourer On 1871 Census, he was living with his parents and siblings – John, Richard, Mary, Annie, William, Jane, and Emily - at 28 Mr. Lees Furnaces, Shifnal, Staffordshire. His father was a labourer as was James and his brothers John and Richard. On 1881 Census, he was living with his parents and siblings – John, Annie, William, Emily and Alice - at 980 Snedshill. His father was a blast furnace man as was James and his brothers. Married Catherine. (Possibly Catherine Ormston married to a James Hall 15th September 1888, registered Wellington Shropshire. His wife shown on the census as born Wellington.) On 1891 Census he was living with his wife Catherine and children – James L H Williams, Elizabeth and Gladys - at 1 Stanton Road, Ilkeston. He was an ironworker. On 1901 Census he was living with his wife Catherine and children - James L H (Now shown as Hall), Elizabeth, Gladys, Thomas, Florence J. and Louisa – at 10 Marsh Buildings, Wolstanton, Staffordshire. On 1911 Census, he was living with his wife, Catherine and children, Gladys, Thomas, Jennie (Florence?) and Louisa - at 12 Frederick Road, Stapleford. He was a blast furnace operator.
He worked for the Stanton Ironworks Company at Stanton Old Works as a blast furnace operator
31 Jan 1916
56
On the 1911 Census he was living at 12 Frederick Road, Stapleford.
James Hall was a civilian casualty of the war. On 31st January 1916 the 'Great Midlands Raid' took place when several towns in the Midlands were attacked by Zeppelins. One of the airships involved was the Zeppelin L20, under the command of Kapitanleutnant Franz Stabbert. He had already attacked Loughborough, when, after following the railway up towards and beyond Nottingham, he dropped bombs at Trowell and Kimberley before attacking the Bennerley Viaduct, Stanton Ironworks and Ilkeston. During the raid, two men were killed, one of whom was James Hall, who died when the top of his head was sliced off by a fragment of pig iron thrown up by one of the explosions at Stanton Old Works. He is buried in an unmarked grave in Stapleford Cemetery.
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  • Photograph of James Hall courtesy of 'silvergreyfish'
    James Hall - Photograph of James Hall courtesy of 'silvergreyfish'
  • Photograph of James Hall courtesy of 'silvergreyfish'
    James Hall - Photograph of James Hall courtesy of 'silvergreyfish'