Rank:


Rifleman

Service No(s):


S/31592

Regiment:


Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own)

Unit:

1st Battalion

Returned:

No

Place of birth:

Finsbury

Occupation:

None

Date of death:

08/07/1918

Cause of death:

Killed in action

Grave or panel reference:

I. K. 1.

Name of father:

Alfred George Ball

Name of siblings:

Lilian Rose

Name(s) of children:

None

Died:

Yes

Date of birth:

18/06/1898

Place of enlistment:

Highbury - Middlesex

Event:

France and Belgium

Age at death:

20

Cemetery or memorial:

Mont-Bernanchon British Cemetery, Gonnehem, France

Other memorial:

Name of mother:

Lillie Veronica Matilda Ball (née Tuck)

Name of spouse:

None

Address:

55 Fonthill Road, Finsbury Park

Biography:

Alfred George Ball was born on 18 June 1898, the first child of Alfred Ball, a labourer, and Lilian Veronica Matilda Ball (née Tuck), and was baptised at St Anne’s Church, Pooles Park in August the same year.

The family moved often but not far, living in four streets that run parallel and next to each other In Finsbury Park: Moreland Street (now Woodfall Road) in 1898; Palmerston Road (now Playford Road) in the 1901 Census; Charteris Road in 1905, when Alfred’s sister Lillian Rose was born; and Fonthill Road, two minutes’ walk from New Court Church, in 1911, when Frederick William completed the household.

In the First World War, Alfred served as a Rifleman in the 1st Battalion of The Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort’s Own) in France and Flanders. One record states that during the spring of 1918 he spent time recovering from pyrexia and trench fever and was sent to No 6 Convalescent Depot in Étaples, northern France. At the time he had a year’s service and had spent five months with the Field Force.

On 8 July 1918, about a month or so before the Allies began their advance to victory on the Western Front, Alfred was killed in action. He is one of 166 British soldiers of the First World War who are buried at Mont-Bernanchon British Cemetery near Bethune. His grave is marked with a cross inscribed with the words: ‘A light has from our household gone, a voice we loved is stilled.’ He was 20 years old.