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Francis William Hall

In memory of:

Flight Lieutenant Francis William Hall

February 18, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

J/12703

Age:

25

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Additional Information


Born:

April 4, 1919
Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment:

February 25, 1941
Ottawa, Ontario

Son of William Joseph and Elsie Mabel Hall, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 521 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BIGUGLIA WAR CEMETERY
Haute-Corse, France

Grave Reference:

1. B. 3.

Location:

Biguglia is a small village 9 kilometres south of Bastia, which is a town and sub-prefecture of the department of Corsica, situated on the sea coast north-east of the island. The BIGUGLIA WAR CEMETERY lies seven kilometres south of Bastia and some 275 metres west of the Bastia-Biguglia-Ajaccio road. It is much easier to approach the Cemetery from the north (i.e. from Bastia) than from the south because of very busy dual carriage way. MAP AVAILABLE.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Newspaper clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial Arch– The names of those who died in the Second World War were added to the archway beneath the Soldiers’ Tower in 1949. The name of "F/L F.W.J. HALL R.C.A.F.” is among the names inscribed. Photo: Cody Gagnon, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Book– University of Toronto Memorial Book, Second World War 1939-1945. Published by the Soldiers’ Tower Committee, 1993. Entry on page 26 reads: F/L Francis William Joseph HALL, RCAF, 63 Staging Pool RAF Corsica. Former student St Michael’s College, 1936-37.  Killed in a motor accident southeast of Ajaccio, Corsica, 18 February 1945. Exhumed and reburied in the Biguglia War Cemetery, Corsica, France.
  • Memorial Room– Soldiers’ Tower, University of Toronto. Photo: David Pike, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • St. Michael’s College Memorial Intro– Inscriptions in the stone walls of the slype between More and Fisher Houses on the University of Toronto campus commemorate the men of St. Michael’s College (University of Toronto) and St. Michael’s College School  (a private Catholic high school) who died in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean conflict.
  • Detail of St. Michael’s College Memorial– Showing some of the Second World War names including that of Francis William Hall.
  • St. Michael’s College Memorial– The memorial slype between More and Fisher Houses on the University of Toronto campus commemorates the men of St. Michael’s College (University of Toronto) and St. Michael’s College School  (a private Catholic high school) who died in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean conflict.
  • Soldiers' Tower– The Soldiers’ Tower was built by the University of Toronto Alumni Association in 1924 as a memorial to the Great War of 1914-1918. The names of those who died in that conflict are carved on the Memorial Screen at photo left. After the Second World War, more names were carved in the Memorial Arch at the Tower’s base. In total, almost 1200 names are inscribed.  A Memorial Room inside the Tower contains mementoes and artifacts, and a 51-bell carillon serves as the audio element of the living memorial to the alumni, students, faculty and staff who died in the World Wars. The Soldiers’ Tower is the site of an annual Service of Remembrance. Photo: Kathy Parks, Alumni Relations.
  • Newspaper Clipping– This picture of F/L Francis W. Hall, an RCAF navigator, appeared in the Barrie Examiner newspaper (Barrie, Ontario) on March 22, 1945, at page 1.  F/L Hall, who was serving at No. 63 Staging Post, was killed in a motor vehicle accident near Ajaccio, Corsica, on February 18, 1945.
  • Newspaper clipping– This report on the death of F/L Francis ("Frank") W. Hall, an RCAF navigator serving at No. 63 Staging Post, Corsica, appeared in the Barrie Examiner newspaper (Barrie, Ontario) on March 22, 1945, at page 1.  F/L Hall was killed in a motor vehicle accident near Ajaccio, Corsica, on February 18, 1945.
  • Photo of FRANCIS WILLIAM HALL– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star March 1945. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial Plaque– The memorial at De La Salle College (Oaklands) Toronto to the former students killed in the Second World War

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