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Person Details
Selston Nottinghamshire
Frederick Ball is described on the CWGC record as the son of Hannah Cuckson (nee Ball). However, on the 1901 and 1911 Census when Frederick Ball was living with Hannah and her husband, Frederick Cuckson, he was described as Frederick Cuckson's nephew. Hannah was Frederick Ball's legatee and was described on the army record as his aunt. Frederick and Hannah's gravestone in Skegby St Andrew also commemorates Frederick and on the gravestone he is described as 'Frederick Cuckson' and as Frederick Cuckson's son. Hannah Ball was born in Bagthorpe, Nottinghamshire, and in 1881 at the age of 11 was living with her parents, Joseph (34), a coal miner, and Rebecca (32) in Selston. Hannah had six siblings: Thomas H (15), a coal miner, William (13), Bessie (9), Mary (7), George (3) and Luke (2). With the exception of Luke who was born in Coalville, Leicestershire, all the children were born in Bagthorpe. Hannah married Frederick Cuckson (b. abt 1865, Skegby) in 1889 (A/M/J Mansfield) and their daughter, Rebecca, was born the same year and baptised on 18 December 1889 (Skegby). According to the 1911 Census when Hannah and Frederick had been married for 21 years they had had two children of whom only one (Rebecca) survived. In 1891 Frederick (25) a coal miner, and Hannah (21) were living on Mansfield Road, Skegby, with their daughter Rebecca (1). Also in the household on the night of the census were two lodgers, Henry Cuckson (65, b. Stoke on Trent) a widower, and Harry Cuckson (21, b. Selston) a single man, both of whom were farm labourers. Frederick Ball was probably born in 1894 (O/N/D Mansfield) and by 1901 the six-year old was recorded in the household of Frederick and Hannah Cuckson along with their daughter, Rebecca (12). Rebecca married Edward Lewis (b. Beeston) in 1910 (J/F/M Mansfield) and in 1911 they were both living at 12 Lime Street, Sutton in Ashfield, with her parents and Frederick Ball (16) hosiery hand (cotton). Frederick Cuckston was still working as a miner (stall man). Frederick Cuckson died on 29 October 1921 (December Mansfield) aged 56 and his wife Hannah on 23 March 1949 (March Mansfield) aged 80. Rebecca Lewis (nee Cuckson) may have died in 1969 (Jun Mansfield) aged 79 (b. 1889) and her husband Edward in 1962 (Dec Mansfield) aged 74 (b. 1888).
He was a cotton hand.
01 Jul 1917
22
562037 - CWGC Website
71613
He was living in Sutton in Ashfield when he enlisted in Mansfield.
Private
2nd Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Formerly 2220. Frederick served in France from 2 March 1915. He was killed in action two years later 'on or since' 1 July 1917. He is buried in Loos British Cemetery, Pas de Calais (grave ref. VI.A.13). He qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
Skegby St Andrew, inscription on family headstone: ‘In loving memory of Frederick, the beloved husband of Hannah Cuckson, who entered into rest Oct. 29th 1921, aged 56 years. Also of Pte. Frederick Cuckson, son of the above, who was killed in action in France July 1st 1917, aged 22 years. And of Hannah Cuckson beloved wife & mother. Reunited March 23rd 1945 aged 80 years.’ Registers of Soldiers' Effects: 'aunt Hannah Cuckson sole legatee.'
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    Frederick Ball - Courtesy of Lynne Weston
  • Frederick with his mother and aunt.
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    Frederick Ball - Frederick with his mother and aunt. Courtesy of Lynne Weston
  • Grave of Frederick and Hannah Cuckson, Skegby St Andrew, commemorating Frederick Cuckson (sic) KIA 1917. Photograph Peter Gillings (July 2013).
    Frederick Ball - Grave of Frederick and Hannah Cuckson, Skegby St Andrew, commemorating Frederick Cuckson (sic) KIA 1917. Photograph Peter Gillings (July 2013).