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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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Tyler & Pavan

Pavan and Tyler extend our deepest sympathies to the Hall family. We are blessed to have gotten to know Robbie and will cherish our memories of him. What always stood out to us was Robbie’s unique ability to tell a good story and his sense of humor – he always made people around him …

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Reverend Andrew & Mrs Jenny Harter

We first met Robbie through friends when he was considering entering formal ministry with the Baptist Church.  He was clearly cut out for an important leadership role in the church and we had no hesitation in encouraging him, in the end introducing him to Ewyas Harold Baptist Church where he was a member when …

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Michael Hall

Rob was our much-loved nephew,friend and hero. We first met him when he was a toddler. A few years later, when he was a very young man, we gave him a lift down from the North, where we had been visiting older relatives, down to Aldershot at the beginning of his army career. Many …

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Charles Dobbie

On being posted to the Main Building of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in Whitehall, Robbie wasted no time in getting in touch with the Combined Christian Fellowship there.  It was in that context we first met.  And it was an encounter with gold.  Pretension was entirely lacking from Robbie’s character.  What you saw …

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Elaine Brain ( ne Wallington)

I was privileged to get to know Robbie when I was a young BFES teacher in Iserlohn. I have vivid memories of him sitting in the midst of us teachers who lived in the mess, squashed into Trudi’s room. With his boyish face and twinkly-eyed smile, he won us all over – but to …

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Rosemary and Bob Rowe

We thank God for the ministry and teaching you gave us all in your short time with us.  Rosemary and Bob. …

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Clive and Julie Baker

We first met Robbie and Helen in Iserlohn when I was posted to 5 Field Squadron Royal Engineers where Robbie and I were both young and fairly green troop commanders.  I admired Robbie for his superb fitness and dedication to his troop.  I also rather envied the obvious respect and affection with which he …

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Rhonwen Miles. (Church Secretary)

To you, Helen and all your family, We at Hope lament the fact that we have not been together as a church for the much needed comfort and support.  We have been forced to march to the drumbeat of Covid -19.  With our church building closed,  our grief and deep sense of loss has, …

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Ann and David Sarll

Robbie was my half brother Peter’s son. I knew of him rather than knew him. Since David, my husband and I were living on the other side of the planet now, this was not surprising. But the planet had become a smaller place and one day Robbie and Helen turned up in New Zealand! …

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Beth & Dave Frederick

We were privileged to make the acquaintance, even though it was only for a short time, of a real, self-effacing hero.  What we remember most are some of the little details: his humour and story-telling, (such as his nearly causing a diplomatic incident in Kosovo) , and his almost boyish glee in revealing the …

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Tom Clarke

What a man. Robbie was to me every inch a Christian and every inch a soldier. I first met Robbie and Helen in 1993 at Perham Down, when I was a newly commissioned sapper officer; he was OC 8 Squadron.He was reroling the squadron and very busy, but he still found time to lead a …

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The Chamberlain Family

We met Robbie and Helen when our boys and their’s became friends at school, a friendship which endured for both generations. We spent many happy times with Robbie and Helen, be it walking in the Malverns, always in the proper kit, or staying in a Youth Hostel at Colditz (against my instincts but made …

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Natalie Pickett

Uncle Rob, Thank you for being an inspiration & an example. For so many reasons & in so many ways. You are so loved, by so many, and will be deeply missed by us all. Natalie.  …

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Henry Morgan

Robbie, a dear friend for 40 years, was a light to everyone he met. While friendship was a core quality, his positive attitude drawing in people to believe in their own skills and worth stood him out as a beacon of inspiration that has helped so many. Apart from that…; quite simply, he was …

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Tom Harding

I met Robbie and Helen at a Harvest Supper in Newport in 2016 when I was 36, and heard Robbie’s amazing testimony as he was the speaker that night.  I had only been a Christian barely six months myself at that point, so Robbie and Helen were a huge inspiration to me and I …

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The Rev'd Dr Edward Kaneen

Over the last few years, it has been my privilege to get to know Robbie, first of all through my relationship with him as a teacher, then as a pastor, and finally as a friend. When Robbie was in my Pastoral Group at South Wales Baptist College, he could always be relied upon to …

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David and Elaine Adams

We were delighted to have known Robbie before, during, and after his time in Monmouth Baptist Church, where the Men’s Breakfast is a valuable, ongoing legacy. We enjoyed fellowship and fun times with him and Helen in Oakdale and Monmouth, and really appreciated his driving the Bentley at our daughter’s wedding. “I thank my …

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Elizabeth Alderson

Among Robbie’s many talents and qualities what stood out for me was his humility, kindness and warm, cheerful temperament.  He was always ready with a smile and often made me laugh with his lively sense of humour.  He was a good man who did a lot of good and served the Lord faithfully and …

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Lt Col Ian and Sue Cobley

Robbie first came into my life in 1977 when we came head to head during mess games in Chattenden, YO63 vs YO64.  I was the stronger, he was quicker!!  Three years later we were neighbours in Nienburg at the Holtorf flats.  Helen and Sue set up close ties helping each other with the first …

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David and Annemarie Innes

We served with Robbie and Helen twice, once in Tidworth and once in Minley.  On both occasions, Robbie was an outstanding soldier, an inspirational leader and a true friend.  He lived life to the full and made a massive contribution, whether that be at work or amongst the myriad of other activities in which …

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Graham & Gail Oakes

We first met Robbie one Sunday in 1988 when he arrived at our house in the Falkland Islands along with several other military who had travelled to Stanley from MPA, the main Garrison, for the Church services. He was in civvies so we had no idea of his rank but assumed he was, like …

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Cameron Thomson

I don’t think I have ever worked with someone who has influenced my life as profoundly as Robbie has. His certain faith, physical strength, sense of fun and willingness to engage equally with everyone are quite remarkable. I know absolutely where he is now and look forward to the day that we meet again. …

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Helen and Jonathan Stott

Robbie and the family have a special place in our hearts.  Ben was part of our first year teaching cohort, and his kind, gentle and faithful presence in the boarding House was always a huge blessing.  So, to meet his lovely parents was to understand where that was coming from.  It was easy to …

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Lt Col Malcolm Hitchcott MBE

My sincere condolences to Helen and family on your great loss.  I knew Robbie mostly in his capacity as a member of the Council of the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association, during my tenure as General Secretary.  He was a tower of strength in his outstanding contribution to the direction and governance of …

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Joan Paisley

Hey little brother, I have some wonderful memories of us growing up, playing together and just having an amazing childhood. I hoped that now we are all retired , we would have been able to spend more time together, reminiscing etc and sharing a good bottle of Red Wine. Myself and our family have …

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