Harold Sidney Ball

Service:                Army

Rank:                    Gunner

Service No:           846147

Unit:                     “G” Anti-Aircraft Bty Royal Field Artillery

 

Harold was born in Bath in1896; he was the 3rd child of Samuel and Elizabeth Ball.  In 1901 he was living with his parents & 3 siblings at 60 Gloster Street Stapleton, Bristol; his father was a Life Insurance Agent.  By 31 March 1901 The Ball Family had moved to 20 Royate Hill, Eastville, Bristol;  Harolds father now states his occupation as a Money Lender.

It was during the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) that Gunner Harold Sidney Ball was killed in action on 23 October 1917. He is buried and remembered with Honour in the Minty Farm Cemetery; Plot Ref I.D.2.

 

Image courtesy of Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Minty Farm (the name was probably adopted during its occupation by a Wiltshire unit) was at one time used as a German blockhouse and in 1917, as a company headquarters for Commonwealth forces. The cemetery was begun in October 1917 and used until April 1918 by units fighting on that front. More than a third of the graves are of officers and men of the Royal Artillery.

Harold did not enter a theatre of war until at least 1916 and as such was only entitled to the British War Medal & Victory Medal. 

References 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

1891, 1901 & 1911 UK household census

Wikipedia.

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