George Raymond Hall

Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:018 Sqn RAFVR
Name of Rgt or Ship:Bomber Command
How Died:Accidental
Country of burial:U.K.Grave Photo:Yes
Cemetery or Memorial:Hale Unitarian Chapel Yard
Town Memorial:Hale
Extra Information:
Born in Ireland on the 7th December 1909 - No Trace British BMDs.   The
younger son of Canon David Henry & Mrs. Hall.

Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he obtained a B.A. & B.Com.   
Employed by Lever Bros and tranferred to Port Sunlight, where he held an
important position in their advertising section.65

1939 National Registration - Sefton Lodge, Planetree Road, Hale, Cheshire. 
 Residing with John & Winfred M. Martinand their two childen.  John Martin
was the managing Director of a Fire Hose Manufactuterers and his son - John
B. Martin, previously employed in his father's firm, but now in the
R.A.F.V.R. home on leave on that date.   George R. Hall - Single - born:
7th December 1909 - occ: Junior Sales & Advertising Manager.   Registration
date was the 29th September 1939.

Joined the RAFVR in September 1940 as an AC2.

Married Miss Winifred Sheila Martin (John Martin's daughter) of Sefton
Lodge, Hale in November 1939, at St. Peter's Church, Hale, the marriage
being registered during the December quarter 1939 in the Bucklow R.D. -
ref: 8a/739. 

The pilot of a three crew man Blenheim Mk IV bomber - No. V6523 WY, he took
off from RAF Horsham St. Faith (now Norwich International Airport) for an
Army co-operation training rexercise, coming down south of Orford Road and
one mile north of Eyke, 3 miles north-east of Woodbridge, Suffolk (close to
Sutton Hoo).   A fire broke out and the a/c was destroyed.

Pilot - Flt. Lt Hall died in the crash - the other two crew members - Pilot
Officer W. Howard, survived, but the Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, Sgt.
Stanley Cox, aged: 24, died from his wounds on the 1st June 1942.

Death reported in the 15/05/19142 edition of the Sale & Stretford Guardian.
 Registered during the June quarter 1942 in the Deben R.D. - ref: 4a/1632.

His father - Canon David Henry Hall was responsible for building social
housing in Dublin.  See website:-

The “Building Parson” - The  role of Reverend David Hall in the
solution of Ireland's early twentieth-century housing problems.   Ruth
McManus  Department of Geography, Trinity College Dublin

The analysis of the role of decision makers in the creation of the urban
landscape, often Government or local authorities, tends to suggest a
powerful, monolithic and impersonal body at work.  However, sometimes just
one person can be the catalyst for a whole new way of doing things.  This
paper is concerned with the work and influence of a man whose role  in the
solution of Ireland's housing problems has been almost forgotten, yet his
impact was profound.  The work of the first operational public utility
society in
Ireland is examined, indicating some of its links to the garden city
movement.  It is argued that the influence of this St Barnabas public
utility society, and its founder, the Reverend David Henry Hall, was far
greater than might be suggested by the small number of houses which it
built.  It is also suggested that the role of public utility societies as
agents in housing provision throughout Ireland was far greater than has
been heretofore recognised.

Commemorated in the book - "Portora and Portorans in the Second Great War",
by Robert Northridge and Clive Johnston.  Copies may be obtained from Ms.
Fiona Johnston, Enniskillen Royal G.S., Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh,
Northern Ireland. BT74 7HA.  The book, produced in the same format as their
Great War production, contains the details of 456 Portoria who served
during WW2, including the 50 Portorans who did not return.

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