ADMIRAL WILLIAM REGINALD HALL - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/25/1928 - HFSID 142006
Sale Price $198.00
WILLIAM REGINALD HALL
The British Director of the Naval Intelligence signs a letter dated 1928, sending a donation for the Annual Fair in hopes of success (item not included)
Typed letter signed: "WR Hall", 1 page, 8x10. July 25, 1928. London, England. In full: "Dear Sir, Thank you for your letter. I hope that the Annual Fair will have every success this year, and I have much pleasure in sending the enclosed donation towards the expenses, from Lady Hall and myself [item not included]. Yours truly". British Director of the Naval Intelligence William Reginald Hall (1870-1943) was responsible for the establishment of the Royal Navy's codebreaking "Room 40", which in turn decoded the Zimmermann telegram. The son of the first head of Naval Intelligence, Captain William Henry Hall, Hall decided on a naval career after traveling the HMS Flamingo with his father. He served on several different ships, earning the rank of lieutenant, and then commander in 1901. After commanding the battleship Cornwallis in 1904, Hall was promoted to Captain, and went through several more ships before being appointed Director of the Intelligence Division in 1914. During his time as DNI, Hall intercepted the steamer Aud (1916), arrested Sir Roger Casement, and captured Captain Franz von Rintelen, amongst other accomplishments. He retired in 1919 as a rear-admiral (later promoted to admiral), earning Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Star, and Silver Star for his service. Multiple folds. Paper clips creased and stains on right margin. Staple holes in top left corner. Light surface creases. Heavily toned. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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