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Colonel Joseph Rex Hall, Soldier (1894-?)
Image: ANZAC Commemorative Medallion
Source: Museum Victoria
Joseph Rex Hall was born 20 Nov 1894 in Kerang. He was a 19-year-old accountant, unmarried, when he enlisted on 18 August 1914 (just two weeks after war was declared by Britain). He had already served for 2 1/2 years in the military forces (28th Australian Army Medical Corps). His service number was 63, reflecting the early date of his enlistment.
Hall was placed in the 1 Light Horse Field Ambulance, and embarked on the HMAT Southern on 18 October 1914. In May 1915 he was shipped to Gallipoli; in early October his records state that he was temporarily removed to 'Headquarters' for 'dental duties'. Hall later wrote that he stayed in Gallipoli until December. He was seconded to the Imperial Camel Corps in July 1916. The Corps was formed in January 1916 in order to deal with the revolt of pro-Turkish Senussi tribesmen in Egypt's Western Desert, initially from infantry battalions which had served in Gallipoli.
In July 1918 Hall was transferred to the 15th Light Horse, formed in Palestine in June from members of the Camel Corps that had been disbanded because camel-mounted troops were not suitable for the conditions in Palestine. (He later wrote that he was commissioned in the 2nd Light Horse and fought in Palestine.) Hall gradually rose through the officers' ranks to be a lieutenant in 1917 and a captain by 1919. He appears to have remained in the Middle East for the rest of the war (although one of his Records of Service mentions a stint in France from September 1917 to April 1918, contradicted by his other records). He appears to have avoided injury for the entire war (although he did suffer illness).
In January 1919 he travelled to England for '1914 leave'. By May he was ADC (Aide-de-Camp) to General Chauvel in London. He returned to Australia in July 1919, and was discharged on 14 January 1920. Hall's involvement with the military continued, and in May 1921 he was a candidate for a commission in the 2nd Cavalry Division.
He married Dr Margaret Anderson in 1922. They set up home in Lower Malvern Road, Glen Iris. Their housekeeper in later years was Clare (Mavis) Derrick (later McCabe), donor of SH 901021.
Hall served again in World War II, enlisting on 6 August 1942 at East Malvern (service number VX80978 (V24238)). He was discharged on 13 Dec 1946 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the 23/21 Australian Infantry Battalion. In later years he was photographed taking part in Anzac Day parades, proudly riding a horse and wearing his Light Horse uniform (eg. image P04474.002, Australian War Memorial).
National Archives series B2455/1, barcode 3007726, Hall Joseph Rex. World War II Nominal Roll http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/script/veteran.asp?ServiceID=A&VeteranID=485950, accessed 8/1/2010. Information on corps and brigades in which Hall served from Australian War Memorial web site, accessed 8/1/2010.
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'Returned From Active Service' badge, World War I. Issued to Col. J. Rex Hall, O. B. E. Round brass badge with rising sun in centre and A. I. F., whole surmounted by crown. Joseph Rex ...Images: 1
Anzac commemorative badge awarded to Col. J. Rex Hall, O.B.E. Joseph Rex Hall was a 19 year old accountant when he enlisted on 18 August 1914 (just two weeks after war was declared by ...Images: 2
1914-15 Star medal awarded to L/Sjt Joseph Rex Hall, service number 63, 1st L.H.F. AMB, (1st Light Horse Field Ambulance), A.I.F. The 1914-1915 Star Medal is the second from left in med ...Images: 2
Anzac commemorative medallion (in case) awarded to Col. Joseph Rex Hall in 1967 to mark the 50th anniversary of Gallipoli. In March 1967 the Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Harold Holt, a ...Images: 2
Medal Group awarded to Colonel Joseph Rex Hall O.B.E. 8 medals mounted on bar with pin. Order of British Empire, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal 1914-20, Victory Medal 1914-18, War Med ...Images: 2
Victory Medal 1914-1919 awarded to T-S-Cptn (Temporary Staff Captain) Joseph Rex Hall, service number 63, 1st Light Horse Field Ambulance, A.I.F. Hall's military career over World War I ...Images: 2
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Service Australia badge issued to Col. J. Rex Hall O.B.E., in 1948 for World War II service. General Service Australia badges were issued to full time military forces personnel having ...Images: 0
Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Officer (O.B.E.) Breast Badge Military, George V awarded to Col. Rex Hall, service number 63, A.I.F, circa 1969. This order was instituted in ...Images: 2
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British War Medal 1914-1920, Great Britain, awarded to T/S Captain J.R. Hall. A.I.F. (Rex Hall) service number 63, for service in World War I, 1919. The British War Medal 1914-1920, is ...Images: 0