Alec Hall – Film 1Alec Hall was 18 when he was called up into the Armed Forces. He started his career in the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1940. Alec played football and hockey for his unit, and came 8 th in a cross country run for the British Southern Command. Watch as Alec explains why he volunteered to join the Airbourne Division and went to Tidworth Hospital as a nurse to learn medical skills, stitching wounds and even delivering a baby.
Alec Hall – Film 2Alec Hall returned from nursing to undergo his training in the Airbourne Division where he learned to use the gliders. As part of an airbourne hospital he was constantly loaned out to other units. Listen as Alec recalls his time in Oran, North Africa, and his trip through the Atlas Mountains.
Alec Hall – Film 3As a nurse in the Royal Army Medical Corps attached to the Airbourne Forces, Alec Hall arrived at Taranto harbour in Italy. Watch as Alec recalls a troopship being blown up after it hit a mine killing around 420 men.
Alec Hall – Film 4Now attached to the Airbourne Light Artillery in Italy, Alec Hall’s unit took out Nazi German convoys whenever the chance presented itself. At one point, set up in a cemetery and receiving retaliation fire after they had attacked a convoy, Alec watched as the shells took out some of the vehicles, as well as the people within them. Listen as Alec looks back on a conversation with three Canadians about their experiences of the war, and then finding them dead in their vehicle at the side of the road the next day.
Alec Hall – Film 5Alec Hall was a medic with the Royal Army Medical Corps attached to the Airbourne Light Artillery Unit. Watch as he talks about his role as a medic and the equipment he was working with.
Alec Hall – Film 6Alec Hall’s Field Ambulance was one of the first gliders in a mass which headed out to Arnhem. Listen as Alec reflects on his time in Italy during WWII, and how, despite coming under fire, he feels he got off lightly.
Alec Hall – Film 7Alec Hall was one of the first glider medics to land at Arnhem as part of Operation Market Garden during WWII. Share Alec’s memories of Reg Curtis who was operated on in the field. Alec gave 2 pints of his own blood to save him.
Alec Hall – Film 8Alec Hall was held as a POW at the Netherlands’ Queen Wilhelmina Barracks which they used as a hospital. The German and English medics worked together to treat the wounded. Listen as Alex recalls how he and two other nurses looked after 35 soldiers who had lost limbs in the fighting, as well as burns victims.
Alec Hall – Film 9As a POW Alec Hall continued to work as a medic at the Queen Wilhelmina Barracks in the Netherlands. At the end of the war, when the gates were opened and they were allowed to leave, Alec ended up staying at a women’s house. Watch as he recalls hearing her discuss her husband being shot, and receiving red cross parcels before flying back to the UK.
Alec Hall – Film 10After returning to the UK, Alec Hall, like all the other POWs, received medical checks on his physical and mental health. He setting a running record - a mile in just over 4 minutes. Not bad after being a POW! Listen as Alec recalls his return to the hospital he worked at in Tidworth, before going to 102 Company in Dortmund Hospital, Germany.