East and West Africa Medal, bar Benin 1897, A. Hall, Boy 1st Class, HMS Magpie.
A scarce issue, only 73 bars awarded to HMS Magpie for Benin 1897.
Alfred Hall was born in St Keverne, Cornwall on 5th April 1879. He was the son of John Hall a serving member of the Royal Navy and H.M. Coastguard.
He began his service on HMS Impregnable as a Boy 2nd Class on 6th April 1894, being rated as Boy 1st Class on 25th April 1895.
His ship service:
HMS Dreadnought, 24th September 1895 – 31st March 1896
HMS Vivid I, 1st April 1896 – 20th April 1896
HMS Magpie, 21st April 1896 – 2nd August 1899, rated as Ordinary Seamen on board 5th April 1897.
HMS Vivid I, 3rd August 1899 – 7th May 1900, during this time imprisoned for 28 days, breaking out of barracks.
HMS Cambridge 7th May 1900 – 18th September 1900. During this time put in the Cells twice for 7 days each.
HMS Vivid I, 7th September 1900 – 30th November 1900
HMS Cambridge, 1st December 1900 – 4th November 1901
HMS Colossus, 5th November 1901 – 16th November 1901
HMS Resolution 17th November – 17th February 1902.
His Naval career came to an end on 17th February 1902, when he was sentenced to “2 years of hard labour and dismissed from the service for event of 18/2/1902, for striking a superior officer.”