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In honour of our soldiers: Frederick John Hall

By Samuel Cheng

Published 12:00 PDT, Thu March 28, 2024

In a series of Richmond’s ‘poppy’ street signs in memory of our fallen soldiers, we share the story of Hall Avenue and Hall Place.

Frederick John Hall was born in Kamloops, B.C. on Jan. 16, 1897. Hall and his parents moved to an area in Richmond called Eburne. As a young adult Hall worked as a mechanic. 

Hall enlisted when he turned 18 and joined the 47th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Prior to being formally enlisted, Hall was a member of the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders Cadets. 

Unlike most of the previous brave soldiers we have introduced earlier in this series, Hall received his military training in England. He arrived on Nov. 23, 1915. 

After less than ten months of training, Hall was sent to France on a mission. Hall was caught in a crossfire and was wounded. He went on to spend seven weeks in a field hospital in Boulogne, France. Hall returned to the base on January 9th, 1917 before embarking on another mission.

Hall was killed in action two months later on March 29, 1917. To commemorate the valiant sacrifices of our soldier, the Canadian government has awarded the memorial cross to Hall’s mother Anna as well as a plaque and scroll to his father who was is also named Frederick.

On Jan. 22, 1990, the City of Richmond Council decided to adopt two roads in memory of Hall. Today, the roads can be located to the east of No. 4 Road and to the north of Odlin Road.

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