Sapper

Matthew Hall

Matthew Hall  (1826? - 19?), according to Woodward

"On the 8th of August, 1855, a storm of shot broke over the trenches, choking up the channels and beating down the parapets, the men still worked.  Many casualties were counted in the advance saps that day, two of whom were sappers - privates Matthew Hall wounded in the head, and John Fraser in the face, both slightly."
 

--History of the Royal Sappers and Miners:
from the formation of the corps in March 1772
to the date when its designation was changed
to that of Royal Engineers in October 1856.
Pg. 393 - 393

  • Received Crown Grant, April 14, 1876 for Lot 38, Group 1, New Westminster District, 40 acres;
  • August 2, 1884, for lot 82, group 2, New Westminster district, 180 acres.
  • A stonemason and farmer at Sumas, 1876.
  • A Crimean War veteran, Hall was on his Sumas farm in 1914, aged 88.
  • Had at least 4 children
As a Sapper Hall's Regimental Pay per Diem would have been 1s. 2 1/2d. plus Working Pay per Diem of 1s. to 4s.
And from the Chilliwack Museum's History page at http://chilliwack.museum.bc.ca/history/settlers/mhh.htm

Colonial Settlers : Matthew and Harriet Hall

 Formal portrait of Matthew Hall
Matthew Hall

In 1859, Irish born Matthew Hall (1825-1914) came to Canada as a Sergeant with the Royal Engineers.  Hall was a Crimean War veteran, receiving the Crimean War Medal as well as the Turkish Crimean War medal.  

Formal portrait of Mrs. Harriet Hall, 1867
Mrs. Harriet Hall, 1867

He was discharged from the Royal Engineers in 1863 and, in 1866, settled on 160 acres of land in South Sumas (Atchelitz). 

In 1857 he married Harriet Hall (1823-1907), a sister to Corporal William Hall.  The couple had four children.

 

RE Stonemasons at work in either Weymouth or Portland, c 1860