Lance Corporal John Ball 2132

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Name:  Lance Corporal John Ball 2132

Date of Birth:    1889

Address:   22, Church Lane, Anstey

Parents Names:  

James Ball (Carpenter) d 1895

Priscilla (Shoe Trade Machinist)

Occupation before the war:   Shoe Trade Hand at Stead & Simpson of Rothley.

Siblings Names:  

Emma Eliza b 1878  |  Mary Ann b 1889 ( Philip’s twin)  |  Hannah b 1882  |

Phillip b 1889 (Mary’s twin)  |  James Henry b 1885  |  Dinah Rumsby M b 1893  |

Albert  b 1887  |  Beatrice Caroline b 1895

Date Died:  3.7.15

Age:   24

Place of Death:   Sanctuary Wood

Place of Burial/Memorial:   1v T3 Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Belgium

Cause of death:   Killed in Action


1st/4th Batallion

Leicestershire Regiment


1914-15 Star

British War medal

Victory Medal

Any other information (e.g. Service Record/ appearance etc)

Any other information (e.g. Service Record/ appearance etc)

  • John’s elder brother Phillip also fell.
  • Enlisted into the 3th Battalion Regiment (Territorial Force) to serve for 4 years on 6th August 1914 in Leicester.
  • Confirmed that he had served as a Special Reservist for 2 years and 340 days with the 3rd Battalion Leicestershire Regiment.
  • Next of kin Ethel Ball nee Bowler, whom he married in1912. She was known as Challoner on the Commenoration certificate.
  • John had 3 children: James H born1912; Philip born1914 and Irene S born 1915.
  • Irene was born 3 months after John’s death and as he died at Sanctuary Wood, she was named Irene Sanctuary in his memory.
  • Records show John was were originally buried in a smaller or isolated cemetery and at a later date, was exhumed and reburied in a war cemetery. The concentration of cemeteries allowed otherwise unmaintainable graves to be moved into established war grave cemeteries where the Commission could ensure proper commemoration.
  • Records show he was identified by his Kaki and Titles.