Naval Casualty Records

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  1. VicInIbstock

    VicInIbstock Member


    I'm trying to trace a guy listed on the local memorial E(Ernest) A.Ball born Q4 1918. I've spoken to his niece who tells me he was in the Merchant Navy. The only Ernest Ball I can find listed on the CWGC site was aboard HMS Janus which the Service Navy and not Merchant Navy.

    I appreciate that his niece may be mis-informed - she was only a young girl when he died - but I'm struggling to reconcile the Merchant Navy and Service Navy thing. I'd appreciate some guidance on how to obtain service records for Ernest Ball DSM of the HMS Janus as I want to make sure I get the right detail.
    Thanks for looking in.
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    There is a Merchant Navy Ernest D Ball but he was born 1916

    Medal listing of Ball, Ernest D Discharge number: R128422 Date of Birth: ... | The National Archives
    Reference: BT 395/1/4061
    Medal listing of Ball, Ernest D
    Discharge number: R128422
    Date of Birth: 18 June 1916
    Date: [1946-2002]
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Legal status: Public Record(s)
    Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
    Access conditions: Open on Transfer

    Mind you there is another old thread on the same subject - Ernest Ball D.S.M.

    The Royal Navy man you seem to be chasing is:
    UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947
    Name: Ernest Ball
    Age: 25
    Birth Date: abt 1919
    Death Date: 23 Jan 1944
    Cemetery: Naval Memorials In The United Kingdom Portsmouth Part I
    Burial Country: England
    Regimental Number: P/SSX 19857
    Region or Memorial: Memorial Register
    Other Records:
    To obtain copies of his records see the link - Request records of deceased service personnel - GOV.UK

  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    what area is the memorial.
    im sure members will be able to trace the casualties home town

    service records
    Get a copy of military service records - GOV.UK

    Petty OfficerBALL, ERNEST
    Service Number P/SSX 19857

    Died 23/01/1944

    Aged 25

    H.M.S. Janus
    Royal Navy

    D S M

    Location: Hampshire, United Kingdom
    Number of casualties: 24662

    Cemetery/memorial reference: Panel 81, Column 2.
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