Lance Corporal PO/93 (S)
Portsmouth Bn. R.N. Div., Royal Marine Light Infantry
Thomas Ball died on Sunday 2nd May 1915 and was remembered on the PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL, Hampshire, United Kingdom.
Lance Corporal Ball was one of "Kitcheners Marines", who were transferred from the Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt) to the RMLI.
"600 RMLI transfers came from 2 regiments - 200 from the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI), and 400 from the Sherwood Foresters. They were predominantly ex-miners and labourers, fit men wanted for their ability to dig trenches and tunnels. The 200 KOYLI recruits were transferred to Plymouth Division RMLI, and were given service numbers PLY/1(S) to PLY/200(S). This was also the case for the Sherwood Foresters, 200 of which were dispatched to Portsmouth where already 30 men were recruited, and so they became PO/31(S) to PO/230(S). 200 remaining Foresters went to Chatham and were numbered CH/1(S) to CH/200(S)."
He was the son of John Ball of 49 Alexandra Street, East Kirkby, Notts.
Royal Naval Division 1914-1924
Thomas Ball, Lance Corporal PO/93/S, RMLI Portsmouth Bn. Died of wounds 2/5/15 aboard hospital ship and buried at sea.
Service History: ex-15987 Private Notts & Derby Regt. transferred to RMLI short-service 16/9/14 ; Embarked RM Brigade 17/11/14 ; Portsmouth Bn. MEF 28/2/15-2/5/15 DD. Burial: Portsmouth Naval Memorial (MR 3)
Notes: ADM/157 papers indicate originally reported DD 6/5/15 ; Father, John, 49 Alexandra St., East Kirkby, Notts.
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