Sunday 28 October 2012

Private Samuel Warren Ball

Born on 13 February 1897 in Hillsdale, Alberta - son of William R. and S. Addie Ball, Deer Mound, Alberta - attestation form notes trade as farmer, single, no current or previous military service, height of 5 feet 8 inches, chest of 38 inches, weight of 145 pounds, medium complexion, blue eyes, fair hair, Wesleyan.

Joined the 51st Canadian Infantry Battalion on 20 February 1915 (number 436971) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion on 6 October 1916 - killed in action on 26 June 1917 - buried in La Chaudière Military Cemetery, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Ball's headstone in La Chaudière Cemetery that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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