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Charles Edward Phelps Hall was born on December 29,
1820

He
served as a Clerk aboard HMS Rodney and while
serving on
HMS Basilisk as a Paymaster he earned
a Baltic medal. His China medal was awarded for
services as
paymaster aboard HMS Nankin

He served on
HMS Rodney until October 1843 and
during his time with
Rodney he became a passed clerk
on March 7 1842.
His next ship was
HMS Albion again serving as a passed
clerk and after serving 3 years , he moved to HMS
Alert as an acting Paymaster in October 1847 and
while on board
HMS Alert he would have witnessed
the capture of the slaver laurence off the coast of
Africa. He was promoted to paymaster while serving
on
HMS Volcano  on Nov 11, 1851 and once again served
off the coast of Africa while the ship saw some action
against King Kosoko in Lagos. . He then left warmer
waters to serve in the Baltic on
HMS Basilisk before
spending time in the far east on
HMS Nankin. He
subsequently served as paymaster on
HMS Transit,
HMS Wellesley
and finally HMS London before
retiring in 1861.

His China medal was privately engraved and his Baltic
medal (not held) is extant and engraved in the same
style as the China medal, presumably both medals were
engraved at the same time but later became separated.

He married Margaret Pinhey Heather in Devon in early
1844. Margaret's father Benjamin was a paymaster in
the RN and her brother Benjamin was a clerk in the
Navy who died at 28.

Charles had at least 3 children, Charles William born
in 1851, Margaret born in 1855 and Valentine born in
1860.

Hall died in Plymouth aged on June 21, 1868 aged 47.
He left everything to his widow Margaret. His estate
was valued at under £800


There are 115 Clerks on the NGS Roll
, including
another Clerk on RODNEY named Hall
Naval General Service medal with clasp for SYRIA (CHAS. E.P. HALL, CLERK);
China 1 clasp C
ANTON 1857 (CHAS E.P. HALL, PAYMASTER);
St. Jean d'Acre medal silver