Saturday, 18 July 2015

Ball, William - Private (M2/203369)

(No soldier photo available)
695th Mechanical Transport Coy.
Army Medical Corps,
Fied from Malaria
25th December 1916
Age 32,
Buried Basra War Cemetery

Newspaper Report:

The death of Private William Ball, of the Army Service Corps, while in the service of his country in Mesopotamia, has this week been officially notified to his elder brother, Mr. Moses Ball, of Bury Road, Haslingde, potato merchant and hay and straw dealer.  The deceased, who was thirty years of age, was a son of the late Mr. Nicholas Ball, of Carrs, Haslingden.  About seven months prior to joining the army as a transport driver, he was married, and great sympathy is felt with the bereaved wife and relatives.  He joined the army in August 20th last year, and within about three weeks later he was sent abroad as a motor transport driver.  He was previously in the employment of Messrs. Haworth, wholesale grocers, etc., Regent Street, Haslingden, first as a warehouseman, and finally as a motor driver.  He was associated with Haslingden Parish Church, and was generally esteemed.

Newspaper Memorials:

In loving remembrance of my husband, Private William Ball, who died in Mesopotamia, December 25th 1916.

"In the pride of life death claimed him,
In the pride of his manhood days;
None knew him but to love him,
None spoke of him but with praise."

From his loving wife.

"In a far distant land though his body may rest,
Far from his home and the ones he loved best;
Still in our hearts his memory we keep,
Sweet is the place where he now lies asleep.

No tears, or sighs, or love of ours,
Can bring our loved one back again;
Far from those who loved him dear,
In a soldier's grave he lies."

From his sorrowing Sister and Brothers, 9 Smithies Street, Carrs, Haslingden.

Private William Ball Census Certificate - Click over Census to enlarge