SAMUEL WILLIAM HALL b. 1893 d. 19xx Sam was the fourth child of Samson and Alice Hall and was probably born whilst they lived at Hermitage Cottage. Little is known about his early life and although he almost certainly followed his older sisters and brother to Froxfield School there is no record of this. The Head Teacher at that time was Afred Pike (1884 - 1905) and he was followed by George Gardner (1905 - 1910). It is known that when he left school at 12 or 13 years of age Sam went to work at Claypits with his father and older brother. Like his father to whom he was devoted, he too loved horses.
After the outbreak of the First World War he joined the Hampshire Regiment and was soon sent to France. He was there in May 1917 when his father died and received compassionate leave to return to England to attend his father's funeral. Whilst there he witnessed his mother's sorrow and although he was required to return to France at once, he vowed to support his mother in the difficult position in which she found herself.
He was therefore somewhat shocked and disappointed to find, a little over a year later, that she had married again and that George Andrews had assumed the position of head of the household. Indeed, when he was demobilised after the war Sam returned to his old job at Claypits, but found it unbearable and went to live not at Hall Place with the others but at Alexanders with a family called Frampton. Alice did nor care for this but there was little that she could do about it. He put his horse tackle in the barn as far as he could from George's, who had taken his fathers job at Claypits and he would not speak to George directly.
Sam metr a girl called Evie who came from East Tisted and married her. He left Claypits eventually and secured a job as a gardener, subsequently taking his talents to a gardener's job at the Bethlehem Royal Mental Hospital at Coulsdon in Surrey and moved up there from Hampshire. It was to this house, in the early fifties, that Alice finally went to live with her son and daughter in law, and there she died in 1953.
Sam and Evie had one son Robert. It has not yet been possible to trace when Sam or Evie died, or what happened to Robert.
Birth: "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2FM1-85P : 1 October 2014), Samuel William Hall, 1893; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Birth Registration, Petersfield, Hampshire, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
Marriage: "England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVZV-GKTZ : 9 October 2014), Samuel W Hall and null, 1921; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing 1921, quarter 4, vol. 2C, p. 490A, Alton, Hampshire, England, General Register Office, Southport, England.
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