Major Bernard Hall MBE


Bernard Hall was born in Grindleford and later lived in Bamford at ‘The Cottage’ Saltergate Lane.

Before he went to France in 1916 he was 2nd Lieutenant in the RGA Special Reserve.

He was a “gunner”, in command of a 9” howitzer battery, at Ypres for 3 years of the First World War and was mentioned in Dispatches as ‘Captain Bernard Hall’

At the end of the First World War in 1920 he was granted the rank of Major in recognition of his contribution.

He later became the Army Welfare Officer for the South Yorkshire area for the duration of the Second World War. For these services he was given an OBE.

He had one son Denys who served as a Captain in the Royal Artillery in WW2 and was killed in action 1943.

Major Hall was Chairman of Bamford branch of the British Legion.

Bamford and District History Group have received a scrapbook about Major Hall and some excerpts are shown here.