BALL, Mark Christopher

Lieutenant, 231st Field Coy., Royal Engineers.

Born

December 1897.
Son of William and Edith Constance Ball of Fairfield, Torquay.

Education

Blundell’s School, “Petergate” from the age of 11 yrs, Sept 1909 – Summer 1915.
He was a School monitor in 1915, a member of the shooting VIII 1915; Member of the OTC going to camp in 1912,13,14 and attaining the rank of Sergeant within the Corps in 1915.
In July 1915 on leaving Blundell’s, he passed the London Matriculation in the first class and in Autumn 1915 he passed for Woolwich.
His older brother Richard Anthony Ball (qv), also a Blundellian, died in the conflict.

Death

9th April 1918, aged 20.

Burial/Commemoration

Grave B. 24.
Haverskerque British Cemetery, France.

Memorial

Haverskerque is in the north of France on the main D916 road between St Venant and Morbecque, south of Hazebrouck. From April to August, 1918, it was within 5 km of the front line. The Cemetery was begun in March, 1918, by the 33rd and 54th Casualty Clearing Stations, and carried on by fighting units during the Battles of the Lys. The Cemetery covers an area of 403 square metres and is enclosed by a stone rubble wall.

Research

Commonwealth War Graves Commission - www.cwgc.org
Public Record Office, National Archives, Kew: WO339/62726 Medal Rolls: WO372/
“The Blundellian”
“The Register of Blundell's School, Part II 1882 – 1932” (1932) MAHOOD, A.S., Ed. Entry No. 5329
Cemeteries & Memorials in Belgium & Northern France (2004) Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 5/106

 

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