Joseph Burgess Hall

Joseph Burgess Hall (convicted of desertion and larcency, sent to Leeds Prison in 1918)

This article is one of a series about individuals who lived in the city and fought in the First World War.

Joseph Burgess Hall was born in 1894 in Knaresborough. He lived at Navigation Road and Hall signed up at the age of 22 and was sent to Great Yarmouth on 14th August 1916 having been called up on 8th August 1916 with the rank of gunner. His medical reports note that he was 5’7″ tall, weighed 126 pounds and had a waist size of 34 inches. A few days after the medical, Hall was married on 4th September 1916 at St. Cuthbert’s Church in York to Florence. The medical officer noted that he was suffering from gonorrhea on 9 September 1916 and he was sent to hospital, and was discharged on 18th September 1916.

A letter was sent by the commanding officer in June 1918 confirming that Hall had deserted in 1917 and was also charged with the theft of military provisions. He was arrested on 12th June 1918 for the theft of five sets of mounted harnesses. He was sent for trial at Leeds City Quarter Sessions on 9th July 1918 for desertion and on 15th July 1918 for larceny. He was sentenced to six months prison, with hard labour, for the desertion and 9 months imprisonment for the larceny and breaking into a shop with the intent to steal. He was released at 07:30 on 25th July 1919 from Leeds Prison.

Hall died on Christmas Day in 1964 at the age of 70, his wife having already died in September 1960 at the age of 60.

Ernest Allenby

This article is one of a series about individuals who lived in the city and fought in the First World War.

Ernest Allenby

Ernest Allenby was born in 1880 in Helmsley, in the Walmgate area of the city, the son of Joseph Homes and Sarah A Homes. Allenby married Rose England on 19th September 1904 at St Denys Church in the city and they had three children, Leonard (born 13th February 1906), Olive (born 15th February 1908) and Edna Maud (born 3rd May 1913). All three children were born at 20, Walmgate, and in 1911 he was living at 10, Dundee Street, off the Hull Road in the city.

Allenby was 35 years old when he signed up to join the British Army on 8th December 1915, having never before been a member of the armed forces. He lived at 17, Walmgate and worked as a bricklayer. His military records show that when he signed up he was 5’6″ tall and had a chest measurement of 41.5 inches. He received a medical some months later on 12th July 1917 and the medical officer, J Hodgson, noted that he had a rather severe varix (dilated vein).

He was posted to the British Expeditionary Forces in France on 18th July 1917 as a Lance Corporal and he survived the war, returning to his new home at 25, St. John Street in the city. He was discharged on 25th January 1919. He died in 1953 at the age of 73, the year after his wife, Rose, died. His son Leonard died in October 1993.