Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
Frederick Ball was the son of Henry Ball, a cabinet maker, and his wife Mary Ann. They lived in Listley Street. By 1901 Henry was working as a grocer on his own account. In 1911, Frederick was working as an assistant in the shop. – now run as a bakers and grocers by his widowed mother.
Frederick served in the 1st Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. He was wounded and taken prisoner on 21/22nd March, 1918, when the 1st KSLI took the full force of the German Spring Offensive. Almost two-thirds of the Battalion became casualties, either killed, wounded or missing. Frederick died on 7th October, 1918 while a prisoner of war in Germany. He is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery.
Private Ball, 31283, was awarded the Victory and British Medals.
PRISONER OF WAR IN GERMANY [Bridgnorth Journal, Saturday 11th May, 1918] 31883 Private Frederick Ball, 1st K.S.L.I. youngest son of Mrs. M. A. Ball, 14 Listley Street, Bridgnorth, was posted as missing after an engagement on March 21-22. The Central Prisoners of War Commitee subsequently received the information that he was a prisoner of war in Germany, and a post-card was later received from Pte. Ball stating that he was a prisoner and wounded.
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