Private 37435 Eli Ball

Killed in Action on Wednesday, 3rd October 1917, age 27.
Commemorated on Panel 90 to 92 and 162 to 162A of Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

7th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 33rd Brigade of 11th Division.

Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Smethwick, Resident: West Bromwich.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/846903/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Eli Ball registered June quarter 1890 in Dudley.

1901 Census
70 Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
Joseph Ball (51, Coal Miner, born Tipton), his wife Jane (52, born Yorkshire), and their 9 children: Mary A. (25, Stamper at Brickworks, born Tipton), William (23, Labourer at Brickworks, born Derbyshire), Annie (23, born Derbyshire), John (20, Labourer at Brickworks, born Tipton), Alfred (18, Labourer at Brickworks, born Tipton), Henry (15, Labourer at Brickworks, born Tipton), Sarah (13, born Tipton), Eli (11, born Tipton), and Arthur (8, born Tipton).

1911 Census
70 Dudley Port Terrace, Tipton, Staffs.
Joseph Ball (61, Coal Miner, born Tipton), his wife Jane (61, born Leeds), and 6 of their 11 children: William (33, Labourer, born Derbyshire), John (30, Brickworker, born Tipton), Harry (24, Brickworker, born Tipton), Mrs Sarah Randall (23, born Tipton), Eli (19, Labourer, born Tipton), and Arthur (18, Moulder, born Tipton). Also Sarah Randall's husband Thomas Alfred Randall (24, Iron Worker, born West Bromwich), and their daughter Evelyn Gladys Randall (1, born Tipton).

Marriage of Eli Ball and Annie M. D. Hodgkinson regsitered March quarter 1915 in West Bromwich.

Personal Data

Eli's brother Harry was killed on 23rd July 1916 whilst serving with the 1st Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry.

After Eli's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £2/13/3d (2 pounds, 13 shillings and 3 pence); this was paid to his widow, Annie, in May 1918. His War Gratuity was £3/0/0d (3 pounds exactly), this was also paid to Annie in November 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Eli had enlisted within the previous 12 months.

Eli's widow, Mrs Annie Mabel Daisy Ball, was awarded a Grant of £5/0/0d on 5th November 1917, and then a Widow's Pension of 13/9d (13 shillings and 9 pence) per week effective from 29th April 1918. An address of 2 Bee Hive was crossed out and replaced with 2 Carters Green, West Bromwich.

Action resulting in his death

Eli was posted to the 7th Battalion, South Staffs. On 4th October 1917 the 7th South Staffs were to attack at Poelcapelle as part of the 3rd Battle of Ypres. The attack was moderately successful, but the 7th South Staffs were not allowed to follow-up their success. 42 men of the 7th South Staffs are recorded as being killed in action on the 4th October.

Eli and three other men from the 7th South Staffs were killed during the day before the attack. Two Companies were already in the front line, and during the evening the remaining two Companies joined them there. Eli has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

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