U/1844 Rifleman Samuel John Hall was born on 5 July 1915 in Preston, Ontario, the son of Alfred Hall and Elizabeth C. Waddell. He had two sisters and two brothers, and spoke English, Finnish and Swedish.
Hall served with The Queen’s Own Rifles militia for three years from 1932 to 1935, and then perhaps sometime in the Irish Regiment starting in 1938.
According to the Toronto Telegram, he fought in the Finnish-Russian War (1939-1940) and escaped Finland to England with six others in 1941.
On 26 January 1942, he enlisted in London with the 1st Battalion, The Queen’s Own Rifles (Active).
Brother Alfred served with the Prince Edward Island Highlanders, and another A.S. William, with the Royal Canadian Volunteer Naval Reserve.
Rifleman Hall landed on Juno Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944 where he died of wounds, aged 28. He is buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, grave reference V. B. 10.