Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1973, Private Raymond Hall, 1st Battalion, the Green Howards, died a month after being grievously wounded during a loyalist strike in Northern Ireland.
Private Hall was serving as a driver during a four-month tour. On the 7th of February he had been trying to control rioting at the junction of the Newtownards Road and Welland Street in Belfast. As he got out of his vehicle an unknown gunman opened fire, hitting Private Hall in the back. He was hospitalised but died from serious internal injuries almost a month later.
His brother and sister were presented with the Elizabeth Cross in 2010 by General Sir Richard Dannatt, who had been Private Hall’s platoon commander. General Dannatt said at the time: “It has been a very important day for me because Tapper was a soldier in my platoon. I was probably the last person to talk to him. I feel very privileged to be able to present this to Raymond’s family. This Elizabeth Cross is so important because I think anyone who makes this sacrifice on behalf of our nation deserves the right to be recognised for their bravery.” Private Hall’s brother, Mike, was ten years old and remembered vividly the news of the shooting being brought to the family.
Private Hall is buried in the Thornaby Cemetery in Thornaby-on-Tees. On his headstone are the words: “He gave his life so others may live in peace. God grant him eternal rest.”
Raymond, from Thornaby-on-Tees, was 21 years old