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Marshall John Hall

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THE OFFICERS OF THE FIRST BATTALION. The New Zealand Regiment — Malaya 1962. Back Row L to R: Capt WD Prouse, 2Lt RA Monks, Lt KD Bell, Capt NL Skilton, Lt BD Sinclair, Lt PDR Browne, 2Lt JA Dixon, 2Lt KH Fraser, 2Lt NA Kotua, 2Lt TD Brosnahan, Lt J A Hawkins, Lt MJ Ross, 2Lt MH Devlin, 2Lt WPB Brady.
Middle Row L to R: Capt PJ Rodgers ED, Capt LB Shannon, Capt JM Spiers, Fr PMM Carmody, Capt PJ Burtt, Lt MJ Dudman, Capt WJD Meldrum, 2Lt DA Dawe, Lt LF Partner, Lt JW Litchfield, 2Lt JD Collinson, 2Lt DB Slocombe, Capt MJ Hall, Lt AL Gadsby.
Front Row L. to R: Capt JP Brosnahan, Maj J Brooke, Maj NE McLeod, Maj WG Pike, Maj RH Smith, Maj MR Kennedy, Lt Col LA Pearce, MBE, Capt TB Butson, Maj IB Bennett, Maj R Stanley-Harris, Maj RH Manson, Maj KE Ussher, Capt JRM Barker, Capt TG Martin.
Inset. Lt RV Richards, Ch IV CI W Vercoe.Image kindly provided by Bill Russell, Vice President of the Malayan Veterans Association (December 2020).

THE OFFICERS OF THE FIRST BATTALION. The New Zealand Regiment — Malaya 1962. Back Row L to R: Capt W …

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Identity

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  • Forenames
    Marshall John AWMM
  • Surname
    Hall AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    John AWMM
  • Service number
    • Vietnam 30565 AWMM
    • Malaya 30565 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

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  • Birth
    3 January 1933 AWMM
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Service

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Military decorations

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    Military Cross (MC) AWMM
    NZ Gazette Number 62 dated 16 October 1969 CITATION Major Marshall John Hall graduated from the Royal Military College, Duntroon into the New Zealand Army on 13th December, 1955. He was appointed Officer Commanding Victor Company, 1st Battalion, The Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment on 22nd November, 1967. He arrived in South Vietnam as Officer Commanding Victor Three Company on 10th May, 1968. During twelve months of continuous operational service in Vietnam Major Hall displayed a high degree of professional skill and a willingness to expose himself to danger in the constant supervision of his company. This cool disregard of danger was particularly evident during Operation MERINO in July, 1968 when V Company attacked an enemy force entrenched in bunkers. The enemy defence was particularly effective and Major Hall moved constantly from platoon to platoon searching for a possible way to break the enemy bunker system. He commanded Victor Three Company in twelve major operations and planned and conducted a number of independent sub-unit operations. In one such operation his company was responsible for the discovery of a number of caches containing in excess of 56,000 pounds of rice and a considerable quantity of other supplies valuable to the enemy. He planned and executed numerous successful ambushes. In September, 1968 during Operation Hawkesbury, Victor Three Company successfully ambushed an enemy party of twelve; killing eight and wounding three. His company achieved an extremely high standard of patrolling and in a number of patrol contacts Victor Three Company inflicted substantial casualties on the enemy and captured several prisoners, including one particularly high ranking enemy officer who yielded valuable intelligence. By his personal actions and endeavours throughout his tour of duty Major Hall led a skilled and aggressive company which relentlessly fought the enemy on all possible occasions. His company’s success in battle has been a measure of his leadership and outstanding devotion to duty. AWMM

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  • Husband of Flo; father of Karen, Cathy (deceased), Carolyn, Sue

    Royal Military College, Duntroon, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, graduate 13 December 1955

    Served NZ Army 1952 - 1979. Read citation for MC. OC Victor 3 Company.

    Photo of Lt M.J. Hall in The Officers, 1st Battalion The New Zealand Regiment (Nyasa Camp, Malaya 1958)

    Photo of Capt M.J. Hall in The Officers, 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Regiment (Malaya 1962)

    Photo of Maj M.J. Hall in The Officers, 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (Terendak Camp, Malaysia 1967) AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    17 December 2005 Cemetery Record
    PapakuraAuckland Cemetery Record
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    Papakura Public Cemetery, Great South Road and Settlement Road, Papakura, New Zealand AWMM PRSAW-C-030 AWMM
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    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, December 2005 AWMM
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Sources

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    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, December 2005 AWMM
    • Clamp, B., Clamp, D., & 1st Battalion the New Zealand Regiment (1957-59) Association. (2007). 1st battalion the New Zealand regiment (1957-59) association 50th anniversary: the first of the first. B. Clamp. AWMM
    • 1NZR Roll 1961-1963 - Bill Russell, Malayan Veterans Association Scrapbook – 40th Anniversary edition. AWMM
    • DECEASED, 1 NZ Regiment, 1961-63 – Internet resource. AWMM
    • This record was partially created from Cemetery research completed by Carol Foster (2021). AWMM
    • Fry, P., & New Zealand. Army. Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. Battalion, 1st. (1983). The First Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment : Journal / [P.J. Fry, editor] (25th anniversary commemorative ed.). Singapore: The Regiment. AWMM

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