Edward BALL

BALL, Edward

Service Number: 3689
Enlisted: 31 July 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Bolton, England, March 1885
Home Town: Semaphore, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Rose Hill Congregational School, Bolton
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 3 September 1916
Cemetery: Serre Road Cemetery No.1
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

31 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 3689, Adelaide, South Australia
2 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3689, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 3689, 12th Infantry Battalion, RMS Malwa, Adelaide
3 Sep 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 3689, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by Cameron Calleja

Edward Ball was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England in 1855. He grew up in England but migrated to Australia at the age of 27. When he moved to Australia he lived in Semaphore, South Australia. Edward attended Rose Hill Congregational school and worked as a labourer.

Ernest enlisted as a private on the 31st of July 1915, and his papers were signed on the 23rd of August 1915. When enlisted, he was transferred into the 52nd battalion. On the 2nd of December Edward embarked in the AIF in the infantry battalion. On the 2nd of December Edward was involved in the AIF, 12th Infantry Battalion. Edward disembarked on the 12th of the June 1916 at Marseilles.

Ernest's service number was 3689. His panel is 154 in the commemorative area at the Australian War Memorial. He is buried in a cemetery in Hamel, France (on Serre Road number 1 Beaumont Hotel). He died between the 3rd and the 5th of September 1916 at the age of 31.



Son of Alexander and Ann Jane BALL of Lancashire, England


Mr. T. Aspinall of 3, Jervois-street, Torrensville, has been officially informed that Private E. Ball was killed in action in France between September 3 and 5. Private Hall enlisted about 15 months ago, and left for Egypt on December 2, 1915. After serving some months in Egypt he went to France. He was 32 years of age. Prior to enlistment Private Ball was employed by Messrs. Walter & Morris, Port Adelaide. He was greatly esteemed by all who knew him. He left a widowed mother in England." - from the Adelaide Advertiser 07 Oct 1916 (nla.gov.au)