Colin Hally was the middle son of three brothers, old boys of the school who all enlisted for service in The Great War. His elder brother was killed three years earlier in the Gallipoli campaign (see CJ Hally). His younger brother returned home wounded. Colin was the son of James and Elizabeth Hally, and was born on the 24th of June, 1892. After schooling he trained as a solicitor and then joined his father’s firm in Cambridge. He enlisted in Cambridge on the 12th of October, 1915, and joined the Machine Gun Battalion. After training, he was part of the 13th reinforcement with A Company, the Auckland Regiment. He embarked in Wellington on the 27th of May for Devonport in England.
He served valiantly and was awarded the MC (Military Cross) 'For acts of gallantry in the field. He organised and led a successful raid on the enemy trenches, displaying great courage and determination throughout.'
In March, 1918, the Germans launched their massive offensive to try and win the war before the Americans could make a difference. The battle was fought over the old Somme battleground. Colin was involved in holding the line covering a German drive for Amiens. On the 5th of April the enemy attacked with great violence on a wide front. The Auckland regiment were holding the purple line near Courcelles. Colin was killed in action on the 6th of April 1918.
He is buried in Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps, Somme, France in Block IV Row G Grave 3.