George BALL MM

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BALL, George

Service Number: 650
Enlisted: 24 September 1914, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 16th Infantry Battalion
Born: Cherry Gardens, South Australia, 18 September 1889
Home Town: Boulder, Kalgoorlie/Boulder, Western Australia
Schooling: Cherry Gardens Public School
Occupation: Sleeper Hewer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 4 July 1918, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery
XII A 5
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

24 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 650, Blackboy Hill, Western Australia
22 Dec 1914: Involvement Private, SN 650, 16th Infantry Battalion
22 Dec 1914: Embarked Private, SN 650, 16th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 650, 16th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC Gallipoli
4 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 650, 16th Infantry Battalion, Le Hamel - Blueprint for Victory

Military Medal Citation

'This Non Commissioned Officer is brought to notice for his daring courage and initiative during the attack on the HINDENBURG Line in front of REINCOURT on the morning of the 11th April 1917. When the objectives had been obtained he led a bombing party along an exposed flank of the second objective and drove the enemy back fully a hundred yards. he held on until no further bombs were available. He then attempted to deal with the enemy by charging over the top but most of his comrades were immediately shot down by Machine Gun fire. He still held on however, gathered up German bombs lying about the trenches and returned to the attack. When the end came all supplies of ammunition were exhausted he made a dash for freedom across bullet swept "No Man's Land" and called on the men with him to do likewise. He is strongly recommended for high distinction.'

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Son of George BALL and Isabella nee HAWKES