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Friday 10 January 2014

Flashback Friday - War Grave - Driver William John Thomas Hall

**Originally posted 21st November 2012**



"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them".

William John Thomas Hall was born in 1873 in Kilburn, London, to William Thomas Hall, a fly proprietor, and his wife Ruth Shepard

A fly proprietor or flyman was a man who drove a one horse, light two wheeled carriage (a Fly).  Much like today's mini cabs.  Being a Fly Proprietor, William would have owned several Flys and employed people to drive them.

William first appears on the 1881 Census, aged seven, living with his parents and younger siblings at 28 Red Lion Yard, Watford, Hertfordshire.  at that time his father's occupation is listed as a hatter.

By the 1891 Census, William snr has changed his occupations to fly proprietor and his son William has joined in the family business, which is now in Hastings, Sussex.

In 1896 William married Annie Elizabeth Saunders in Hastings Sussex. In 1897 they celebrated the birth of their first child, a daughter, Elise.  In 1900 twins Ivy and Dorothy were born.

In 1901 the young family can be found living at 134 London Road, Hastings, Sussex.  Living at 132 is William's parents and younger siblings and at 138 is William's brother Henry and his young family.  All are working the in the coaching industry.

In 1905 William and his wife Annie celebrated the birth of another daughter, Winifred.

By 1911 the family has moved to 31 Tower Road, St Leonards by the Sea, Hastings, Sussex

William served as a Driver for the Royal Engineers until his death on 11th November 1917, a year before the war was to end.





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