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1 Victoria Cross -- Naval Service, William Hall, A.B.). HALL, William. PULLEN, H.L. Collection of Typescript Letters, with Associated Documentation.
(Victoria Cross -- Naval Service, William Hall, A.B.). Collection of Typescript Letters, with Associated Documentation. Oversize three-ring binder containing a substantial portion of the three -year correspondence of Rear Admiral H. L. Pullen relating to his efforts to restore to prominence the nameof William Hall, V.C. (1829-1904), a Canadian hero of the Relief of Luckno w, and to secure the repatriation from England of Hall's Victoria Cross medal group to the Province of Nova Scotia. The content of the binder comprises 27 carbon copies of letters addressed by Pullen; 28 original letters addressed to Pullen; transcriptions, photostats and xeroxes of articles on Hallspanning 1901 to 1968; Pullen's handwritten and typed notes on Hall's nava l service, along with the handwritten and xeroxed copies of the British Public Records Office documents on the basis of which Pullen was able to piecetogether Hall's British naval service; and a miscellany of other written a nd printed materials including two letters neither addressed by nor to RearAdmiral Pullen but which have their place in the chronology. William Hall, V.C. was the first British serviceman of African descent to be awarded the Victoria Cross, also being the third Canadian to have merited this award. Hall was, for the greater part of the century following his death, little known outside the African-Canadian community of Nova Scotia, members of a few Royal Canadian Legion branches in the province, and among historically-minded individuals living close by in Hantsport and Hortonville, NS where Hall's memory was still kept alive. Beginning around January, 1966 Rear Admiral Pullen undertook to determine the whereabouts of Hall's Campaign Medals. Later, following the discovery of the medals in the Wardroom Officer's Mess, Royal Naval Barracks, Portsmouth, England, Pullen negotiated for the loanof Hall's medals to the Atlantic Provinces Pavilion at the International E xposition at Montreal to be held in 1967. Having secured the loan of the medals, Pullen then simultaneously directed his efforts toward negotiating the permanent return of Hall's medals to the Province of Nova Scotia and the documenting of Hall's British naval service. Pullen's research began with the obtaining of transcripts of the earliest provincial newspaper records ofHall, dating from 1901 and 1904, and supplied him by Dr. W. P. Oliver, a p rominent educator in the Nova Scotia African community. From this beginningon those particularly instrumental in assisting Pullen in achieving his se veral goals include Lieutenant-Colonel Thornton, Ministry of Defense, Stanmore, Middlesex, England, Registrar of Holders of the Victoria Cross; Commander R. E. de M. Leathes, Office of the Commodore, Royal Naval Barracks, Portsmouth, England; Spink and Son, Ltd, London; E. K. Timings, Public RecordsOffice, London; one Margaret Franklin of London (professional researcher?) who supplied Pullen the handwritten transcripts relating to Hall's naval s ervice from nine Public Records Office Admiralty documents examined by her;Commander W. B. Rowbotham, author of The Naval Brigades in the Indian Muti ny; and the Honourable Robert L. Stanfield, who as Premier of Nova Scotia enabled Pullen to negotiate for the purchase Hall's medals. The concise account which follows is from a paper read before the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society in 1996, "Before his burial in 1904, Hall's medals were removedfrom his suit. In 1925 they turned up in the Wardroom, Royal Naval Barrack s, Portsmouth, England. The medals were lent for display in the Atlantic Provinces Pavilion at "Expo '67" in Montreal. The government of Nova Scotia showed an interest in purchasing Hall's Victoria Cross. After learning that John Sullivan's Victoria Cross, who had also served in the Royal navy, was available for purchase, the Nova Scotia Government obtained this medal. In December 1967, it presented the Victoria Cross of John Sullivan to the wardroom of the Royal Naval Barracks, in exchange for the Cross of William Hall." -- David W. States. "William Hall, V.C. of Horton Bluff, Nova Scotia Nineteenth-Century Naval Hero." in Collections of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society. Vol. 44, 1996, pp. 71-81. The Royal Naval Barracks of Portsmouth bought Hall's Victoria Cross medal group from Spink and Son, London for£70 in 1925, fulfilling their wish to preserve a naval service Victorian C ross for display in their wardroom. And it was in 1967 that Spink and Son expressly informed Pullen of their obtaining Boatswain's Mate John Sullivan's medal group, as Pullen had confidentially queried Spink earlier as to theprospects of locating a naval service Victoria Cross medal group suitable as an offering to the Royal Naval Barracks in exchange for the desired medals of William Hall. Interestingly, as late as 1967 Spink was asking the sumof only $3400.00 for Sullivan's medals, among which was also the medal awa rded for Conspicuous Gallantry. Also see DCB XIII:433-434 on Hall. For the collection. 2,500.00

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