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Birmingham Newspaper Archives

Discussion in 'World War 1' started by spooner, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. spooner

    spooner master brummie

    I wonder whether someone could help me with this request? My great-uncle, 10819 Alfred Ball died of his after being wounded on 10/12/1916. He is buried at Witton Cemetary. He served with 7th South Staffs Regt.

    I am sure that his parents, who lived in Thimblemill Lane, Nechells, would have placed a note in the newspaper, probably with his picture, in a Birmingham newspaper, as they did with his brother, who was killed in the same year.

    I am not able to get to Bham Library, and I wonder whether anyone who knows where to look could please look at the archives to see whether his Notice is available?

  2. ADELE

    ADELE master brummie

    if someone can help to give me ideas where to look I would have a go at searching for you.
    Would need more details though as I once looked at the obituries for a relative. Not an easy task .
    If you want to send more details, I will see what I can do.
  3. Sparkhill Lad

    Sparkhill Lad master brummie

    Hi Spooner

    Have been looking for a while now to try and help but all I have is this from a large search site, which is what you have.
    Will look a little while longer for you. Good luck anyway mate.

    Name:Alfred Ball
    Birth Place:Birmingham
    Death Date:10 Dec 1916
    Death Location:Home
    Enlistment Location:Birmingham
    Rank private
    Regiment:South Staffordshire Regiment
    Battalion:7th Service Battalion
    Type of Casualty died of wounds
    Theatre of War:Home
    Last edited: May 20, 2011
  4. spooner

    spooner master brummie

    Hi Adele and Sparkhill Lad

    Apologies for taking so long to respond. The picture of Alfred's brother George, who was wounded in action on the Somme, appeared in the Birmingham Weekly Post, so I would think that there's a fair chance that it would be in that paper.

    Incidentally, I have Alfred's death certificate, and he died in hospital in Southampton. He had gunshot wounds.

    I would really appreciate it you would keep looking for me.

  5. ADELE

    ADELE master brummie

    Hi again
    so the details we have are that he died on the 10 dec 1916. Will try and find anythink if I can. Just dont rely on me finding it though. I found the newspapers very hard work but will keep looking when I go.
    The library is moving the archive and 6th floor bits down to another floor in July, not sure if I will be able to get to the collection then but will do my best.
    What were his parents names and where did he live.
  6. spooner

    spooner master brummie

    Hi Adele

    I will confirm the date from Alfred's death certificate. I do appreciate your efforts, thank you.

  7. spooner

    spooner master brummie

    Hi again Adele

    Alfred ball was wounded on 29 November 1916 during movement between Beaucourt and Englebelmer. He was taken to the Military Hospital at Southampton and died on 10 December from a) pneumonia b) gun shot wound to left lung. His body was released for burial the following day. I don't know the exact date for the funeral, but it would have been within the following week I would assume. So the newspaper notice would have appeared any time after 11 December 1916 I would think the first Saturday after.


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