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Person Details
Daybrook Nottingham
Walter was born in 1887, the second son of Alfred Holmes and Emma Ball of “Sunnyside” 7 Nelson Road, Daybrook, Nottingham. Walter was educated at the Nottingham High School and afterwards at the University College. He was a member of the Society of Chemical Industry and also the Nottingham Guild of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers. At school he was a member of the Cadet Corps and later a lieutenant in the Boys Brigade.
In business Walter was the manager of the cleaning and dyeing department of the Daybrook Laundry Company, Mansfield Road, Daybrook.
24 Nov 1915
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Second Lieutenant
10th Bn Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)
On the outbreak of war he joined the Officers Training Corps of the University College under Captain Trotman, and was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant on 24 December 1914 He was in the thick of the fighting at the battle of Loos on September 25th, 26th and 27th and came safely through. In the early morning of Wednesday 24th November whilst organizing a firing party with “B” Company with his Captain, he was shot through the head by a sniper at about 6.30am. He was buried at about 6.30pm the same day in a cemetery near Armentiers, France. CWGC: Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension, France (grave ref. I.A.21). The painful news of his death was conveyed to his parents by his younger brother Oliver.
CWGC headstone personal inscription: 'Peace perfect peace' Nottingham Evening Post, 'Roll of Honour', 30th November 1915:- “BALL. – Killed in action, November 24th, Second-Lieut. Walter William Ball, 10th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, second dearly beloved son of Alfred H. and Emma Ball, “Sunnyside,” Daybrook, aged 28 years.” Above notice courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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  • Photograph courtesy of Cliff Housley
    Walter William Ball - Photograph courtesy of Cliff Housley