This week's Sepia Saturday theme centers around the military, uniforms, group photos, etc. What came to my mind was a photograph I posted earlier on one of my family history blogs, RogersFamilyHistory about my husband's grandfather, Hershel Stanley Hall. During WWI many Bahamians were anxious to get into the actual fighting according to Paul Albury in his book, "The Story of the Bahamas." The first group of eager volunteers of the British West India Regiment were trained and ready to sail for England from Nassau on 9 Sep 1915. Hundreds of people came to see them off and the Governor's wife presented them with a silken flag bearing the colony's Coat of Arms. My husband's grandfather, Hershel Stanley Hall only seventeen years old at the time was one of them. You can see him on the far left in the photograph above. This photograph was taken right before they set sail. It is actually an old photocopy that was in my mother-in-law's possession and I do not know its origin.
Hershel Hall was descended from British Loyalists who were forced to leave the US Colonies after the US Revolution and resettled in the Bahamas. It is believed that Hershel was descended from Nathaniel Hall who emigrated to Nassau, Bahamas from Savannah, GA around 1766 although I have yet to prove the connection. In the book, "The Early Settlers of the Bahamas and Colonists of North America" by A. Talbot Bethell in a chapter titled "Biographies of the Descendants" I found this mention of "Hall, Hershal Stanley - Born 1894. Educated: Boys' Central School; formerly Merchant. Descendant of Nathaniel Hall, Loyalist."
Members of The Gallant 30 and other contingents returned from war on 19 Jun 1919 as evidenced by this document (again an old photocopy) which was in my mother-in-law's possession Hershel Hall is listed on line 47. I don't know much else about Hershel's war experience, but I thought the photograph deserved a mention.
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