The following obituary for William King Hall appeared in the Times newspaper.
|Obituary in the Times newspaper
|30 July 1886
|We have to record the death of Admiral Sir William King Hall, K.C.B., which occurred yesterday, suddenly, from an attack of apoplexy. He was a son of the late Mr. James Hall, M.D., surgeon in the Royal Navy, by his marriage with Mary, daughter of Lieutenant John Francis Miller, R.N. He was born in London in 1816, and entered the Navy in 1829. He served in the Burmah war, and in the Carlist war of 1836-9, and also in the Syrian war of 1840-41, including the capture of St. Jean d'Acre. He obtained a lieutenancy in 1841. He became a commander in 1848, was promoted to a captaincy in 1853, and commanded the Styx in the Caffre war, and the Bulldog in the Russian war. He carried Sir Charles Napier's flag at the capture of Bomarsund in 1854. In 1855 he commanded the Exmouth, as flag-captain to Sir Michael Seymour, and was present at the bombardment of Sweaborg. From 1856 to 1859 he was in command of the Calcutta during the operations in China, and was present at the capture of Canton and the Taku forts. He also served as flag-captain to Admiral Sir Houston Stewart on the North American station, and was superintendent of Sheerness Dockyard from 1865 to 1869, and of Devonport Dockyard from 1871 to 1877. He was promoted to the rank of rear-admiral in 1869, became vice-admiral in 1875, and admiral in 1879, and was placed on the retired list in 1881. He was Commander-in-Chief at the Nore from 1877 to 1879. Admiral Hall was nominated a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1855, and was promoted to a Knight Commandership of the Order in 1871. He had been twice married - first, in 1848, to Louisa, daughter of Mr. James Forman, of Coldstream, N.B.; and secondly, in 1880, to Charlotte, daughter of the late Mr. Campbell Simpson, and widow of Mr. Thomas Knowles Tillotson.