Private Roger Hardwicke Ballard

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Roger Hardwicke Ballard, The son of Edmund Ballard, born Much Cowarne, Herefordshire by his wife Lucy, born Ashford, Kent. Roger was born in 1892 at Everbatch, Herefordshire, England. He appeared on the census of 31 March 1901 in the household of his father at 25 Hampton Road, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England;

The census recorded Edmund Ballard; head; widower; aged 40; Surveyor & Auctioneer; born Much Cowarne,

Herefordshire. Edmund R Ballard; son; single; aged 15; born Ashford, Kent. Herbert S Ballard; son; aged 14; born Ashford, Kent. Laura Ballard; daughter; aged 10; born Ashford, Kent Roger H Ballard; son; aged 8; born Everbatch, Herefordshire also a housekeeper & 1 servant.

Roger Hardwicke Ballard began military service on 9 September 1914 at Finsbury, Middlesex, England, where he enlisted in the 1st Battalion, Honourable Artillery Company (Infantry). His military papers recorded: Private 1926 Roger Hardwicke Ballard of 3 Nassen Gardens, Barnes, age 21 years, height 5 feet 8 inches, chest 35˝  inches, excellent vision and physical development, employed by the Economic Insurance Company Ltd of St Swithins Lane, London, mobilized 5 September 1914 & posted to France 29 December 1914.

Roger was reported missing at the battle of Bellewaarde and later confirmed as ‘Killed in Action’. His next of kin was recorded as Edmund Ballard (father) of Frankfurt Road, Dulwich (later shown as Ramola Road, Herne Hill, mother deceased. Full brothers Edmund Racster Ballard aged 33 of , California, USA & Herb ert Spencer Ballard aged 32 of Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA. Full sister Laura Ballard aged 29 of Brickend, Ledbury, Herefordshire. There were no grandparents or nephews and nieces declared on the next of kin report.

He died on 16 June 1915 at Bellewaarde near Ypres, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium; Private, 1926, 1st Bn., Honourable Artillery Company. Commemorated on Panel 9 at the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.

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By Kind permission of Paul Ballard

Image by kind permission of John Harvey on behalf of Ellesmere College, Shropshire