September 8, 1904
William Hall, V.C.
William Hall, of Horton Bluff, the colored man who won the Victoria Cross during the Indian Rebellion, died on Thursday, August 25th, aged 78 years. Mr. Hall entered the British navy at an early age, and served his country faithfully for many years. At the relief of Lucknow he was one of a squad of mariners who volunteered for a very difficult service, and he received the Cross for standing to his gun while the company were engaged in blowing open a gate to make an entrance to the city. He and another man were left alone to work the gun, their comrades having been killed, and by their pluck and perseverance succeeded in effecting an entrance for the British troops. Twenty years ago Mr. Hall left the navy and settled at Horton Bluff, where he has dwelt since on a small farm. He was well known, and highly respected by all. At the time of the visit of the Duke of York to Halifax Mr. Hall journeyed to the city, and was kindly received by His Royal Highness. He is said to have been the only colored man who ever held the coveted Victoria Cross. He was unmarried, and lived with two sisters, Mrs. Robinson and Miss Rachel Hall. The funeral took place on Saturday, burial being made at the Brooklyn cemetery, near Lockhartville. Acadian.