Alfred Hall – Lied About Age

In 1911 Alfred Hall of Furnival Road, B alby, Doncaster was 12 years old and had a job as an errand boy.

On 5th June 1915 in Doncaster Alfred enlisted and told the enlisting sergeant that he was 19years and 5mths old and that he was employed as a driver.  He was enlisted to the  229 Field Company Royal Engineers as a Driver.

In December 1915 Alfred’s Father David Hall wrote a letter ask that his son not be sent abroad until he was 19 as when he had enlisted he had only been 16 and a half.

David Hall’s Letter

Dear Sir

I beg to put in a claim that my son Driver Alfred Hall 105126 : 229 Co R Engineers may not be sent abroad until he reaches the age of 19.  I did not wish him to enlist, but he did so last June he was then 16 and a half but gave his age to the enlisting sargent as 19.  He will reach his 17th Birthday Jan 11 /16.  I do not wish him to leave the Army but I do wish for him to be kept in England till he is 19.

My eldest son age 21 enlisted last May.  He is at present in the 2/2 West Riding Field Ambulance stationed at Newcastle.

Enclosed is the Birth Certificate of my son Alfred, Thanking You.

I Remain Yours Respectfully

David H. Hall

With the evidence of the letter and the birth certificate Alfred was transferred to Class W Reserve.  It was noted that due to Alfred’s physical development the recruiting sergeant’s acceptance of his statement that he was 19 was justified.  He was recalled to the colours at the Training Depot Aldershot on 11th Jan 1917 on his 18th birthday.

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