The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private J Balls


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Private James BALLS, G/11474, 10th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, ( Machine Gun Corps attached 123rd Company),  died of wounds, Flanders, France, 27th September 1917, age 28.

Born Stoven, Suffolk, son of Samuel Balls & Mrs Louisa Balls (deceased, November 1921), of Southwold Road, Wangford.


1911 Census - Church Street, Wangford, Suffolk - Samuel Balls, head, age 60, married, farm labourer, born Gillingham, Norfolk; Louisa Balls, wife, age 61, married, 30 years, 10 children, all still alive, born Southwold, Suffolk; Frances Balls, daughter, age 26, single, born Stoven, Suffolk; Henry Balls, son, age 25, single, form labourer, born Stoven, Suffolk; James Balls, son, age 23, single, farm labourer, born Stoven, Suffolk.


Enlisted 28th November 1915, Ipswich, Suffolk, age 29, height 5 ft 4 inches, weight 131 lbs, resided Southwold Road, Wangford, Suffolk. Formerly waiter.

28th November 1915, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 28th November 1915, posted 10th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 3rd May 1916, Southampton, embarked for France; 4th May 1916, Havre, disembarked; 27th September 1917, wounded gun shot wound to right side and right humerus fractured, died of wounds, 37 Casualty Clearing Station, Flanders, France.

4th March 1918, personal possessions returned to Samuel Balls, (father), , 2 discs silver, silver chain, cigarette case, purse.

196th August 1919 - Statement of Relatives - Father, Samuel Balls; Mother Louisa Balls; Six brothers, ages 28 to 38;Three sisters, ages 30to 35.

Buried at  Godewaersvelde British Cemetery, I.J.3., Nord, France.


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