William Nelson Edward Hall
Updated: 4/1/2021
William Nelson Edward Hall

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  • William Nelson Edward Hall was born in Horton’s Bluff(Now Lockhart Ville), Nova Scotia. He was born on April 28th, 1827. William was the son of two slaves.
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  • The Crimean War(March 21st, 1843): When he was just 16 years old, William Hall had signed up to become a merchant marine as a deckhand on the HMS Rodney and enlisted in the Royal Navy but he deserted and relisted that same year but this time on the HMS Shannon. He had become a marine in the Crimean War and earned two medals, one from Britain and the other from Turkey.
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  • 1849(Wooden Ships+University): As a young man he worked in shipyards at Hantsport for several years. He would build wooden ships for the merchant marine. William Hall went to the University of British Columbia, The University of Alberta and the University of New Brunswick.
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  • The Victoria Cross(March 19th, 1884): William Hall was the first black person, the first Nova Scotian, one of the first Canadians and the first Canadian sailor to receive the empire's highest award for bravery, the Victoria Cross. He had received the Victoria Cross for his actions in the Siege of Lucknow during the Indian Mutiny while representing Canada.
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  • Victoria Cross: After the Crimean War he was assigned to the receiving ship for his Victory at Portsmouth, England. William Hall had then joined the crew of HMS Shannon as captain of the Foretop; these services with Shannon also led him to the Victoria Cross.
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  • Death: William Hall passed away on August 27th 1904, in Avon port, Nova Scotia.