Black History In Canada

Quartermaster William Hall First Canadian and First Black to receive the Victoria Cross 1859

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Quartermaster William Hall First Canadian and First Black to receive the Victoria Cross 1859

Description

William Hall was born in Horton Bluff, Nova Scotia, the son of former American slaves. He began his naval career on an American trading vessel in 1844 when he was only seventeen years old. In 1852 he joined the British Royal Navy and fought in the Crimean War from 1854 to 1855. He received both British and Turkish medals for his service during this war, but his greatest honour was for his service in India in 1857. In this incident, he fought to defend a British garrison that was under seige by mutineers, and was the only man left defending the garrison when it was finally relieved. Seaman Hall, who was later promoted to Quartermaster and Petty Officer, was awarded the Victoria Cross for Bravery in 1859, making him this first Black person, the first Nova Scotian and the first Canadian sailor to receive this honour.

Creator

Suzanne Duranceau

Source

Credit Canada Post Corporation

Date

2010

Rights

Permission on File

Format

PNG

Language

English

Type

Still Image

Identifier

Product #: 403757107

Citation

Suzanne Duranceau, “Quartermaster William Hall First Canadian and First Black to receive the Victoria Cross 1859,” Black History In Canada, accessed October 18, 2018, http://blackhistoryincanada.ca/items/show/21.