Ballard, Henry Herbert

Age: 22
Date of birth: 1895

Parents: Henry and Emily Ballard
Address: 46 Crompton Street

Occupation: Hall Porter

Henry was born in 1895 in Leamington Spa and was baptised on 1st September 1895 at St John the Baptist Church in Leamington. He was the only child of Henry and Emily.

In 1901 at the age of five he was living with his grandparents while his father and mother were working at the Avenue Hotel, Leamington as a waiter and cook domestic.

On the 1911 Census Henry’s parents were living at 46 Crompton Street, Warwick. Henry senior was working as a Hotel Porter. Henry junior was 15 and a patient at the Heathcote Hostel (Isolation hospital). His occupation is stated as a Telegraph Messenger.


Henry was initially declared as missing although it appears from this item in the Warwick Advertiser that his parents weren’t officially notified of this until October 1917:

Warwick Advertiser 6th October 1917

And his death wasn’t confirmed until 10th November 1917

Military Service

Rank & Number: Corporal, 265501
Regiment/Service: 1st/7th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 143rd Brigade, 48th Division
Date of death: Monday, August 27, 1917
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action near St Julien
Commemorated/Buried: Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: St Pauls Church, Westgate School


  • Unlocking Warwick Research Group
  • Memorial photograph courtesy of David Oliver
  • Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office

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