A Book of Remembrance

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Colonel the Reverend Robbie George Russel Hall QGM

 

This book remembers our friend, colleague, father and husband Robbie Hall who went home to his Lord on Friday 6th November. The book will collect remembrances from those that knew him and had the honour of experiencing his kindness and fellowship.

Robbie was born and raised in the Scottish Highlands then latterly in Northumberland. The fourth of five children, he joined the British Army at the age of 18 hoping that three years of service would do him good; he finally left after 37 years, having enjoyed the most remarkable career.

Early in his career he completed the Commando course, earning not only the coveted green beret but also the Commando Medal. He served as a bomb disposal officer and was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal, by her Majesty at Buckingham Palace, for defusing a World War Two bomb found in a gasometer at the Beckton Gas Works in London.  He was privileged to attend the Canadian Forces Command & Staff College in Toronto where he was awarded a Distinction as well as gaining an MBA from Shrivenham later on in his career. He was an experienced army diver eventually becoming CO of The Defence Diving School. His last, very challenging posting, was as the Commandant of the Defence Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Munitions and Search Training Regiment at Kineton.

During Robbie’s second six month tour in the Falkland Islands he attended a Bible Study and became a Christian, and spent the next thirty years as an enthusiastic and strong witness to Christ’s saving grace, including supporting not only local Churches wherever he was posted, but also working closely with several of the various Military Christian organisations.

Not content with retirement after the army, he elected to complete a second Master’s degree in Bible & Mission and then formal ministry training. This culminated in his greatest posting ever when he became the beloved Pastor of Hope Baptist Church in Bridgend. Beyond all of these accomplishments he was an incredible father to Ben, Jamie and Thomas, and a devoted husband who recently told Helen, his wife, that he wouldn’t have changed one day of his life.

Please feel free to share your memories of Robbie on this site, as this may provide comfort to his family and friends, as we also celebrate his life and the person Robbie was.

If you wish to make a donation, the family have asked that it would be made to the Hope Baptist Church, Bridgend where Robbie was Pastor before going home. The donations will be used for the many and varied building projects within the church which were very near and dear to Robbie’s heart. Please see the details below if you would like to do this. If you wish to send a cheque then please make this payable to “Hope Baptist Church” and post it to the address below.

Robbie’s funeral is taking place on Wednesday 18th November at Hope Baptist Church. Due to current circumstances the funeral must be by invitation only and will sadly be limited to very close family and friends, but it will be possible to watch the service online through the Hope Baptist Church Bridgend Youtube page. A larger thanksgiving service is planned once circumstances allow for wider attendance.

Robbie was dearly loved by his family and respected by all those he had the opportunity to work with, both during his 37 years within the British Army and in his role as a Pastor beyond this. His loss is felt by all those that knew him.

The Treasurer

Hope Baptist Church

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Bridgend

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The Wright family

Dearest Pastor Robbie, you are now at peace and Home with the Lord. Such an amazing life you have had and you’ve made a lasting impression on everyone you have met, including our family. We only knew you a few short years at Hope but we are thankful for that. Such a powerful testimony …

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Elaine Jenkins

I only knew Robbie for a short time as my Minister at Hope, but he made an incredible impression on me. I found him to be a most friendly, considerate and caring man. He was an insperational leader and his loss, to Hope and the town, will be immense. I am sure he will …

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Sara and Henry Marsh

It was with great sadness to hear of Robbie’s passing. He was such a lovely man, who always took time to talk to us all at toddlers, his smile will always be remembered and our lovely memories of song time will be cherished. He put such big smiles on all of the little ones …

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Shannon Gaydon and Samuel

Robbie was such a joy to be around, always had a smile on his face, attending toddlers Samuel was always excited for story time and sing along, he would start to dance and Robbie would dance back, he made all the kids happy and smile. Such a lovely man with a warm heart. He …

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Angela Fennell and family

Robbie was dearly loved by all the children at Toddlers and they eagerly awaited story and song time with him. They absolutely relished it and it put a smile on his face as much as theirs.  He always took the time to speak to everyone individually and the adults at Toddlers really appreciated all …

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Lynne Chamberlain

Robbie always greeted everyone with a beaming smile and a huge hug.  He was loved by the youngest in the Toddler group to the oldest member of the congregation.  He could relate to them all and made everyone feel valued as an individual.                        …

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Vaughan Richards

Robbie’ spirit shone shone throughout his pastorate at Hope church. Always approachable and always seeing the membership of Hope as a team. He valued, inspired, cheered, motivated and cared for all. He strengthened our Christian faith and our biblical knowledge constantly upholding and transmitting the message of God’s eternal love whilst seeking ways of …

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Keith and Mary Johnson

Thank you for your 2 years of ministry at Hope. We miss you. Love to Helen, Ben, Jamie and Tom …

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Yvonne and Reg Oakes

Dear Helen We send you our deepest condolences and share with you the pain of losing such a wonderful man. Your father Bill Thompsett introduced us to your family and he was always singing the praises of his son in law Robbie. In turn with a group a friends from Newport Cathedral we visited …

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Justin Lane

Sorry to hear this sad news and my thoughts are with Helen and the family. I was lucky enough to serve in 8 Squadron during his tour as the OC and we often went out running together to train for the local cross country races, he also used to win the annual CO’s run …

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Carl Todd

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the family. In life there are some people that we meet and as we get older, we begin to realise what a real privilege it was to have known them. A gentleman of the highest order.  …

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Rev'd Diana Johnson

I am grieved to learn that Robbie has left us so soon; yet rejoice mightily in a good friend’s life, fully lived. Robbie was one to go the extra mile for anyone and I well remember his turning out to set up a night dive as a favour to keep an errant fellow officer …

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Chris Hurran

Dear Helen, Ben, Tom and Jamie It’s my fault that Robbie became a diver when I sent him on the course and got him to take over the diving team from me in Iserlohn.  Divers are special people and Robbie was the most special of the special.  As I followed his extraordinary career from …

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Phil and Gwyn Ratcliffe

Loving thoughts and prayers to the family and the fellowship.  …

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Joel Steed

Pastor Robbie was such a positive Christian witness. We met through the Babies and Toddler groups at Hope where he introduced us to Charlie the Cockerell at storytime each week. His enthusiasm to participate in this group was infectious. I enjoyed many a quiet conversation with Robbie at the Toddler group. He was an …

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Steve and Sally George

Robbie was admired for his strength of character and faith in God. May you and your family feel God’s presence, grace and mercy, knowing that Robbie is now in the loving arms of his Lord. With all our love Steve and Sally. …

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The Maslin Family, Ewyas Harold Baptist Church

Robbie and Helen joined our church family in Ewyas Harold in 2013 initially to help out during an interregnum by leading services. His willingness to serve, love for people and the gospel and great ability to communicate extended his outreach to our youth group and to speak at a community event. We were so …

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Evi Williams, and Everyone at Norton Baptist Church

It was a great pleasure for us all to meet Robbie during his time in Monmouth. We enjoyed it very much when he took a couple of Services at Norton, and felt blessed when he lead two of our Area Prayer Lunches. We send Helen & Family our most sincere condolences, and all our …

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Sarah Meade

I was a school friend of his eldest son Ben, and fondly remember being invited over to their home.  I was so warmly welcomed into their family and into the various adventures, riding on a tandom, kayaking, helping with an evening meal.  I also had the priveledge of hearing him speak at a christain …

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Bob and Ronda Male

Our sincere condolences to the Hall family. Robbie was a man of many talents and he will be greatly missed. From Bob and Ronda and all the Male family in Australia.  John 3:16  …

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Phil Chamberlain

After sitting on the agnostic fence for so many years, it is hard to put into words the debt I owe to the man who finally helped me off the fence and to find my faith. Robbie was a man of the people and whatever stage you were at in your spiritual journey he …

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Rhett Parkinson

Knowing Robbie has been such a privilege. As a fellow Sapper and Christian, I was aware of Robbie and Helen a long time before I met them. However, I only really got to know the measure of the man when interacting with him before and during various AFCU weekends in recent years. He and …

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Christopher Rider

Dear Helen, It was such a privilege for Sabine and I to have known Robbie through the Armed Forces Christian Union Officers’ Weekends and we will remain forever grateful for the inspiration and encouragement which both of you have been to us over the years.  With much love and continued prayer, Chris and Sabine …

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John and Delyth Ware

We were so sorry only to have known Robbie for such a short time while he was pastor at Hope for the last 2 years. During that time he touched us all, from the oldest member to the youngest child in our Toddler group, with his kindness, his love for the Lord Jesus, and …

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Andrew Mills

I am fortunate to think of Robbie as a true friend.  We met fairly late in our Army Careers, but I greatly enjoyed his company particularly when we participated in various running/sailing adventures.  I also welcomed his advice and friendship when he worked as Chief of Staff to the Engineer-in-Chief.  Here’s sending love and …

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