Military Cross Gazetted 7 Mar 1918: "For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When his senior company officers were severely wounded and a large number of other ranks were made casualties, he took command and succeeded in reorganising his company, rallying and encouraging his men. He showed great courage and coolness throughout."
Wilfred Rodenhurst Hall was born in Hertfordshire on 9 Nov 1897, the son of Henry Stocker Wilson Hall and Elizabeth Hall of "Belmont", Mavis Road, Bournemouth, and educated at St. Catherine's, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire. First serving as a Trooper with the 2/1st Hertfordshire Yeomanry from 25 Sep 1914, Hall was commissioned into the 12th (East Anglia) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment on 25 Sep 1914 and transferred to the 11th (Cambridge) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, serving with the Expeditionary Force in France & Flanders from July 1916 and was Killed In Action at Ypres on 21 Mar 1918 while on his way to the Dressing Station to have a wound dressed. He was buried at Hamelincourt and later commemorated at Arras Memorial, Hertford Town Memorial and St Andrew's Church Memorial. Battalion War Diairies record:
"At 4pm owing to the continued shelling by our own artillery B Coy withdrew to Hind Avenue. About this time the enemy tried to work along the trench to attack right of A Coy and several attempts were repulsed. A block was formed by Lieut. W.R. Hall, M.C. who repulsed seeveral enemy attacks with great coolness and determination being wounded and subsequently killed."
His Commanding Officer wrote:
"His splendid coolness and gallantry were very largely instrumental in enabling the battalion to make a protracted stand in an important position, and thus enable reserves to fit into position in rear. He was very much loved by all ranks with whom he came into contact."
Wilfred's brother, Reginald Hall served with the Tank Corps and is entitled to the pair of War & Victory Medals.