Matthew Hall (1826? -
19?), according to Woodward
"On the 8th of
August, 1855, a storm of shot broke over the trenches,
choking up the channels and beating down the parapets, the
men still worked. Many casualties were counted in the
advance saps that day, two of whom were sappers - privates
Matthew Hall wounded in the head, and John Fraser in the
face, both slightly."
of the Royal Sappers and Miners:
from the formation of the
corps in March 1772
to the date when its designation was
to that of Royal Engineers in October 1856.
Pg. 393 - 393
- Received Crown Grant,
April 14, 1876 for Lot 38, Group 1, New Westminster District, 40
- August 2, 1884, for lot
82, group 2, New Westminster district, 180 acres.
- A stonemason and farmer at
- A Crimean War veteran,
Hall was on his Sumas farm in 1914, aged 88.
- Had at least 4 children
|As a Sapper Hall's Regimental Pay per Diem
would have been 1s. 2 1/2d. plus Working Pay per Diem of 1s.
And from the Chilliwack
Museum's History page at http://chilliwack.museum.bc.ca/history/settlers/mhh.htm
Colonial Settlers : Matthew
and Harriet Hall
1859, Irish born Matthew Hall (1825-1914) came to Canada as
a Sergeant with the Royal Engineers. Hall was a Crimean War
veteran, receiving the Crimean
War Medal as well as the Turkish
Crimean War medal.
Harriet Hall, 1867
He was discharged from the Royal Engineers in
1863 and, in 1866, settled on 160 acres of land in South
1857 he married Harriet Hall (1823-1907), a sister to
Corporal William Hall. The couple had four children.
|RE Stonemasons at work in either Weymouth or
Portland, c 1860