HALL Frederick Charles
Regiment : H.M.S. Defence Royal Navy
Service number : J7015
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 31st May 1916
Place of death : Battle of Jutland, North Sea
Buried : Commemorated on Plymouth Naval Memorial, Devon, England, Panel 12.
Memorial : Worcester Guildhall
Also appears on : Worcester St Paul's Church
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for naval casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
Frederick Hall was born on 3rd June 1892 in Wincanton, Somerset, the son of Walter and Hannah Hall. By 1901 the family had moved to Worcester and were living in King William Street, St Paul’s. Frederick enlisted in the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class on 31st January 1910, serving on HMS Ganges II and rising to Boy 1st Class until he was able to enlist as an Ordinary Seaman for 12 years service from 3rd June 1910 – his 18th birthday. At the time of his enlistment in June he was 5 feet 9¼ inches tall with dark brown hair, blue eyes and a fresh complexion. Frederick served on several ships, rising to Able Seaman on 10th May 1912 and joining HMS Defence on 2nd September 1913. He was killed in action during the battle of Jutland on 31st May 1916. At the time of his death his next of kin was his father, Walter, 20 Carden Street, Worcester.
H.M.S. Defence was launched in 1907, she sank on 31st May 1916 at the Battle of Jutland. After initial damage she was hit by a salvo which triggered explosions in her ammunition, a further salvo hit and she blew up in a spectacular explosion with the loss of 903 lives.
Frederick Hall has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Plymouth Naval Memorial.