We have received notice that James (Jim) Hall died on 15th April 2013 at the age of 88 years.
Jim joined the 70th (Young Man’s) Battalion of the London Irish Rifles (LIR) in 1942, when he was not yet 18 years old – he said that he had “lied” about his age to be able to join up. After training with the battalion for over a year, and when it was disbanded in 1943, he joined the Royal Armoured Corps, and served with the Royal Tank Regiment in Northern Italy during the autumn of 1944 at the extremely hard fought battles near to the Gothic Line. He also supported the final Allied thrusts in April 1945 up to the River Po, in close proximity to both the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the LIR. Jim was a regular attendee at Regimental Association events over the past few years, and joined the pilgrimage in 2009 to the battlefields of southern Italy.
Jim’s funeral will take place on Thursday 2nd May at 1400hrs at The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady in Wymondham, Norfolk.