Henry Leslie Ball

Date of birth: 1894
Place of birth: St Anne’s, Cork, Ireland
Service No.: 13927
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment / Division: Hampshire Regiment
Battalion: 10th
Died: 28th August 1915 aged 21 years
Death location: Gallipolli


Before the War
Henry was born in Cork, Ireland in 1894 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 Henry’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.’

Henry had an older brother, Albert Victor Ball, who served in WW1 in the Otago Regiment of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force.  He was killed in Gallipoli on 7th December 1915 and is also named on the Southampton Cenotaph.  If you would like to read more of Albert’s story please select the link to his name.

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

On the 1911 census Henry’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 Henry is listed as a visitor at 6 Conyngham Road, Arran Quay, Dublin.

Military History
Henry served in the 10th Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment.  The Battalion was formed at Winchester in August 1914 as part of Kitchener’s First New Army and moved to Dublin.  In May 1915 they moved to Basingstoke as part of the 29th Brigade and underwent final training before embarking for Gallipoli on 7th July 1915, from Liverpool.  Following their landing at Anzac Cove they took part in the Battle of Sari Bair on the 6th August 1915.  Henry’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.

The 10th Battalion was involved in the Battle of Hill 60 (Gallipoli) which was launched on 21st August and lasted until 29th August 1915.

Henry was killed in action on 28th August so it is possible that he took part in this battle.

He was awarded the 1914 – 1915 Star, the Victory and the British war Medals.

Henry is remembered with honour on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.   Panel reference 126.  This Memorial is in the form of an obelisk 30 metres in height and stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula.

He is also remembered in Ireland’s Memorial Records which were published in eight leather bound volumes in 1923.  These were illustrated by Irish artist Harry Clarke.


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

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