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Sir Douglas Hall, 1st Baronet

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Sir Douglas Bernard Hall, 1st Baronet (24 December 1866 – 30 June 1923) was a British Conservative Party politician.

The son of Bernard Hall, a justice of the peace of Burton Park, Petworth, Sussex, he was educated at Charterhouse School and Christ Church, Oxford. In 1890 he married Caroline Montgomery of New York State and in 1894 purchased Burton Park, West Sussex. A prominent landowner and lord of the manor of Barlavington, Burton and Crouch, he was appointed High Sheriff of Sussex for 1907.

In January 1910 he was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for the Isle of Wight, unseating the sitting Liberal member, Godfrey Baring. He held the seat until the 1922 general election.

Hall was a yachtsman, and on the outbreak of the First World War used his vessel in patrol work in the Solent and English Channel while the British Expeditionary Force was being moved to the continent. Later in the war he was president of the British Water Ambulance Fund and assisited the evacuation of injured soldiers via the River Seine. When the organisation was taken over by the War Office he received a commission as lieutenant in the Royal Naval Reserve. By the end of the war he had moved to High Explosives Department of the Ministry of Munitions, with the rank of captain in the Royal Engineers. He was created a baronet in 1919.

In January 1922 he was involved in a motor accident in central London. He required surgery and never fully recovered his health, standing down from parliament that year. He died at his London home in the following year aged 56. He was buried at Putney Vale Cemetery.

Sir Douglas Bernard Hall was one of 10 children of Bernard Hall, who was Mayor of Liverpool. His sister was Margaret Bernadine Hall (1863–1910), an artist who painted Fantine which is in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. It was Sir Douglas Bernard Hall who presented the picture to the gallery in 1911.


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