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William George BALL

Regimental number2532
Place of birthWraxall, North Somerset, England
SchoolGloucestershire Council School, Kingswood, England
Age on arrival in Australia17
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm hand
AddressC/o T C Barnes, Kellerberrin, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, Herbert Ball, Yelbeni, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 July 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll24 July 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 9 November 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularBall was a despatch runner. About 4am a call came for a message to all companies; 4 runners started and a shell fell in their midst, killing one, seriously wounding two, and slightly wounding Ball in the head. He started to walk back to the dressing station, and was not seen again, and no body was ever recovered or identified. (Details provided by father)
FateKilled in Action 14 October 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Date of death14 October 1917
Age at death23
Place of burialTyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele (Plot XXXVIII, Row F, Grave No. 21), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Herbert and Charlotte A.M. Ball. Native of Wraxall, Somerset, England
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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