George Hall

Mr George Alexander Hall was born at 57 Norwood Street in Belfast, Ireland on 1 November 1875. Coming from a Church of Ireland family, he was one of ten children born to Robert Hall, a tenter, and Margaret Darragh.

Apprenticed as a plumber, Hall joined the Royal Navy in March 1898 and served aboard numerous ships as a stoker until he bought his shore leave in June 1904. Over his career he had numerous periods of detention for misdemeanours. He enrolled with the Royal Navy Reserve soon after and spent the next few years continuing to work as a plumber and was described as such when he appeared on the 1911 census, then living with his family at 54 Posnett Street in south Belfast.

On 15 April 1911 George was married in Belfast’s St John’s Church to Margaret Flannigan (b. circa 1877), a warehouse worker. Their only child, a son named George, arrived in January 1915 whilst they were residents of 66 McClure Street where they would live the for the next twenty years.

Hall’s ship prior to Titanic had been the Magie Bennett (Mackay Bennett?). He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he then disembarked.

With the outbreak of WWI George Hall returned to the Royal Navy in August 1914 and served until his demobilisation in February 1919. 

Widowed in 1931, George Hall spent his last years at 54 Posnett Street in Belfast and died in hospital on 2 February 1960. He is buried with his wife in Belfast’s City Cemetery (plot S 39) and was survived by his son, a daughter-in-law and one grandson.

References and Sources

Crew Signing-On Particulars of Engagement, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (2A/45/381, A-H)
Central Index Register of Merchant Seamen
1911 Census
Belfast Telegraph
, 4 February 1960, death notice
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