Ball. John

The son of Mary Ann Ball of 39, Magnus Yard, Platts Common and Charles Ball of 20, Milton Road, Jump, he was born in Barnsley, on the 12th January, 1896, and eventually became a Collier, he enlisted in the Plymouth Battalion "E" Coy. in Manchester on his birthday, 12th January, 1915.  

He passed musketry 2nd. Class on the 12th April, 1915 and embarked HMS Victory, Royal Marine Brigade, on 9th May, 1915, and became part of the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in the Dardenelles, on 1st June, 1915

He suffered bullet wounds to both feet on 15th July, 1915 and embarked on the Hospital Ship Grantully Castle the same day and arrived Port Said 7th August 1915 where he died of Wounds and Dysentery at 11:15 pm on 16th August, 1915.


Jump war memorial,


Panel where
John Ball's
Name also appears on
War Memorial. 

Picture by George Horner





Newspaper remembrance,

Barnsley Independent, page 5 news, 4th September, 1915.

Private John Ball, Royal Marines, of Silver Street, Platts Common,
has died of wounds in Alexandria. 


Barnsley Independent, page 5 news, 11th September, 1915.

                               PLATTS COMMON HEROES

Mrs. Ball, of Barnsley Road, Platts Common, has been notified that her son,
Private John Ball, has died of wounds received in action at the Dardanelles.
Deceased, who was barely 19 years of age, enlisted in January last in the
Royal Marines, and died in hospital at Alexandria.


For more information and pictures of those Royal Naval Volunteer
Reserve's who served in Kitchener's Royal Naval Division, see links to








John Ball's grave,

Port Said War Memorial
Cemetery,  Egypt. 

Picture by The War Graves Photgraphic Project


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