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Charles James Hally
Corporal - Service Number 12/367

Charles James Hally was born on the 18th of May, 1889, in Cambridge. He was the son of James and Elizabeth Hally. After schooling in Cambridge, he worked as an engineer. Once the war had been declared he quickly decided to join up and enlisted on the 11th of August, 1914, in Cambridge, joining the Auckland Infantry Regiment. He quickly rose to the rank of Corporal. He sailed to the Middle East and then to Gallipoli. He was wounded for the first time on the 8th of May when attacking the Daisy Patch (see N Cooke). He was put aboard the Hospital Ship Franconia and then sailed to Cairo, for hospital and convalescence.
After he recovered, he was returned to his unit just in time for an attack at Courtnays Post, which was a relieving action for the Otago Regiment. The trench line continued on from Quinn's Post along the crest of the ridge. Terraces had been cut for the men to sleep in. A constant threat was the catapult bomb and the howitzer, favoured by the Turks. No mans land was about four hundred yards wide at that point but the Turks held the high ground. On the 21st, gas helmets were issued for the first time, but fortunately the Turks never used gas. Charles was wounded again, this time more seriously, both in the lungs and the leg, and was again on a hospital ship bound for Alexandria. He died of his wounds on the 26th of July 1915 and was buried at sea off Gaba Tepe. He is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial on panel 72. (Also see record for Colin Hally - his brother)