LIFE OF IAN HALL; born 22 September 1939
died 11 October 2017.
(TRIBUTE to be read at his Funeral Service on 2nd November 2017
atThe Park Crematorium
Ian Hall was born in Bexhill Sussex at the
outbreak of World War 2 in 1939. With his mother
and younger brother Colin he spent much of
the War being evacuated from London to
Sussex and Devon. After the War the family
returned to London before moving to Brighton.
Ian left school to get his first job commuting
to London at the Scottish Union Insurance
Company. Having been active in the Army Cadet
Force he was happy to be called up for
National Service and continue into the Regular
Army. Joining the Royal Regiment of
Fusiliers he enjoyed training at the Tower
of London including doing high jumping in the
moat ! He saw service in Germany,in Cyprus
with the UN Peacemaking Force,in the Trucial
Oman States,at the Ministry of Defence in
London and in Ulster during the Troubles, where
he came under live fire in Belfast.
Ian loved army life and rose to the highest
non-commisioned rank of Warrant Officer 1
Regimental Sergeant Major in the 3rd Battalion
of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
He left the Army in the early 1980s and moved
to Blackpool to join an ex-Army colleague in
a business partnership. This was successful
until the firm was sold and Ian decided to retire
around the year 2000 aged 61. He enjoyed voluntary
work with Help the Aged for a while
but,sadly he was diagnosed with the chronic
lung disease Emphysema and he was to suffer
deteriorating health and loss of mobility
for many years.
Despite this he battled on and settled at
sheltered accommodation in Lytham St Annes,
being Secretary of the Residents Association,producing
a newsletter and running a football
sweep. Until he could no longer travel he
joined his ex-Army colleagues at the Royal
Fusiliers Remembrance Service every November
in London. Despite his own severe health
problems he still went out of his way to help
others cope with theirs.