Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
Edgar Addison Ball was the only child of Arthur Ball, a carpet designer, and his wife, Mary Jane. They lived on Cliff Terrace and later moved to Mill Street.
When he left school, Edgar was apprenticed to a general printer. He enlisted in about October 1916. At the time of his death he was serving in the 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. This battalion spent most of the war on the Western Front. Edgar Ball was killed in action on 26th April, 1918, on which day the battalion took part in the Second Battle of Kemmel (part of the Battle of the Lys). He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
Private Ball, 53042, was awarded the Victory and British Medals. His name is included in a list of the missing published in the Bridgnorth Journal of 19th October, 1918.
MISSING [Bridgnorth Journal, Saturday 15th June, 1918] Mr. A. W. W. Ball, 7 Mill Street, Bridgnorth, has received official information that his son, 53042 Pte. E. A. Ball, A Co., 3rd Worcestershire Regiment has been reported as "missing" since April 26. He had then only been in France about 13 days.
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