Private 19327 Harry Ball

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Killed in Action on Sunday, 23rd July 1916, age 28.
Buried in Grave I. H. 5. at Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France.

1st Bn., Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. 95th Brigade of 5th Division.

Son of Jacob and Jane Ball, of 267, Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Dudley Port, Enlisted: Dudley, Resident: Tipton.

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

Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/548760/

Genealogical Data

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).

Personal Data

Harry's brother Eli was killed on 3rd October 1917 whilst serving with the 7th South Staffs at Poelcapelle.

Action resulting in his death

Still to be researched. Contact me if required.

Newspaper Cuttings

Birmingham Daily Post 15th January 1918
Previously reported missing, now reported killed.
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, Ball, 19327, H., (Tipton)