|Lance Corporal William George Hall|
On July 5, 1916, William was assigned to the 2nd Battalion (Central Ontario & Quebec) and departed for the Canadian Base Depot at Le Havre, France the following day. He joined his new unit in the field six weeks later, while the battalion was training at Nordausques, France. The 2nd departed for the Somme region of France on August 28, arriving at Albert three days later.
On September 1, the 2nd Battalion relieved Australian soldiers in the front trenches near Bapaume, its war diary reporting heavy artillery shelling throughout the brief tour. Private William George Hall was amongst the battalion’s 25 OR fatalities, killed by German artillery fire on September 3, 1916, his third day of service in the line. He was laid to rest in the 2nd Canadian Cemetery, Sunken Road, Contalmaison, France.