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.