Albert Victor Ball

Date of birth: Bristol
Service No.: 8 / 2404
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Otago Regiment New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Battalion: 5th Reinforcement
Died: 7th December 1915 aged 25 years
Death location: Gallipoli

 

Before the War
Albert was born in Bristol on 15th July 1890 to Albert Edward (1867 – 27/12/1965) and Emily Blanche Elizabeth Ball (nee Padden 1869 – 18/01/1957).  His parents were married in Bedminster on 23rd September 1889.  Albert’s father, aged 48, enlisted in the Hampshire Regiment on 8th November 1915 and served until 15th May 1919.

There were probates for Albert’s parents:
‘Ball Emily Blanche Elizabeth of 76 Middle Street Southampton (wife of Albert Edward Ball) died 18 January 1957 at 71 Westend-road Southampton.  Probate Winchester 26 April to the said Albert Edward Ball retired superintendent ordnance survey office.  Effects £11 6s.’

‘Ball Albert Edward of 76 Middle Street Southampton died 27 December 1965 at Manor Park Hospital Bristol.  Probate 14 February to Lloyds Bank Limited.  £7389.’

Albert had a younger brother, Henry Leslie Ball, who served in the Hampshire Regiment.  He was killed in Gallipoli on 28th August 1915 and is also named on the Southampton Cenotaph.  To read more of Henry’s story please select the link to his name.

On the 1891 census Albert is living with his parents at 89 Bath Road, Bedminster, Bristol.  His father is a surveyor.

The 1901 Irish census shows that Albert and his family are living at 21 Sundays Well Avenue, Cork, Ireland.

By the 1911 census Albert’s father is boarding at 36 Middle Street, Southampton.  The 1911 Irish census shows his mother is a visitor at 41 South Main Street, Cork, Ireland and his brother is listed as a visitor at 6 Conyngham Road, Arran Quay, Dublin.

There is a 1911 census for Ireland that shows a ‘Victor A Ball’, aged 20 years, who is boarding at 11 Nelson Street, Tralee Urban, Kerry.  This person is a locomotive stoker,  so it may be Albert.

Albert emigrated to New Zealand and sailed from London on 9th January 1914 aboard S.S. Rangatira.

Military History
Albert was living in Petone, Wellington and working as a stoker at Petone Gasworks when he enlisted, on 1st May 1915, in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.

The Otago Infantry Battalion was formed in August 1914 and sailed on 14th October 1914, disembarking in Egypt on 3rd December 1914.  The Battalion sailed for Gallipoli in April 1915, landing near Anzac Cove on 25th April 1915 and remaining in Gallipoli for 8 months.

The 25th April is known as ‘Anzac Day’ and marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.  Anzac stands for ‘Australian and New Zealand Army Corps’.

Albert was drafted to the 5th Reinforcements of the Otago Infantry Battalion and sailed from Wellington, New Zealand, on 13th June 1915 aboard vessel Maunganui (HMNZT 24).  Maunganui was in convoy with vessels Tahiti (HMNZT 25) and Aparima (HMNZT 26).   Albert was one of 2299 men who were aboard these vessels and arrived in Egypt on 24th July 1915.

The Otago Regiment took part in several actions in Gallipoli including the Battle of Sari Bair which began on 6th August 1915.   Albert’s brother’s regiment also took part in this battle so they were fighting for different allied forces on the same field.  We can only wonder whether the brothers were able to meet up with each other with Henry losing his life in late August.

On 10th September 1915 Albert was admitted to hospital, but returned to duty on 21st September 1915.  He was killed in action in Dardanelles on 7th December 1915.

Albert was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the Victory and the British War Medals which were all sent to his mother at her home address of 76 Middle Street, Southampton in September 1921.  The Plaque and Scroll were sent to her in July 1921.

Albert is believed to be buried in Embarkation Pier Cemetery in Turkey.  Grave Reference: Sp. Mem. A. 7,  with the inscription ‘Their Glory shall not be blotted out’.

There are 262 special memorials to casualties who were known or believed to have been buried in the cemetery.  Among the 944 Commonwealth servicemen buried or commemorated in this cemetery.

Military information reproduced with kind permission from the Auckland War Memorial Museum:  Cenotaph Database record, Auckland War Memorial Museum [http://muse.aucklandmuseum.com/databases/Cenotaph/645.detail  Cenotaph Database record for Albert Victor Ball (8/2404)].

 

Researcher: Jackie Chandler
Published.: 4th September 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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