Thomas BALL

Regimental number497
Place of birthNewry, Co Down, Ireland
AddressRothgralan, Co Down, Ireland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation39
Height5' 5"
Weight131 lbs
Next of kinBrother, John Ball, Rothgralan, Co Down, Ireland
Previous military serviceServed in the 86th Royal Irish Rifles (Militia).
Enlistment date15 February 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 February 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool , New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A32 Themistocles on 12 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1917
Discharge date22 December 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 9 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Found guilty, 19 February 1916, of being absent without leave, 12.00 pm, 17 February, to 4.00 pm, 18 February 1916: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Embarked Alexandria and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 23 March 1916.

Admitted to 44th Casualty Clearing Station, 3 August 1916 (gun shot wound, chest); transferred to 1st Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 6 August 1916. Proceeded to England on HS 'St. Andrew', 10 August 1916. Admitted to 3rd Southern General Hospital, Oxford, 5 September 1916; transferred to 1st Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 5 September 1916; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 16 September 1916; taken on strength of No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 12 December 1916; marched into No 2 Command Depot from Sidney Hall Hospital, 19 February 1917.

Embarked Plymouth and commenced return to Australia on HT 'Beltana', 17 March 1917; disembarked Sydney, 2 May 1917. Discharged as being medically unfit, 20 July 1917 (gun shot wound, chest and tibia).

Re-enlisted in Australian Imperial Force, 11 June 1919.

Embarked Sydney on 'Tras-os-montes', 8 July 1919; disembarked London, 6 September 1919; granted leave to 22 September 1919.

Found guilty, 23 September 1919, of being absent without leave, 10.00 am, 22 September, to 10.00 am, 23 September 1919: awarded an admonishment; forfeited total of 1 day's pay.

Embarked Southampton on HT 'Pakeha', 6 October 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 24 November 1919. Discharged Sydney, 22 December 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
SourcesNAA: B2455, BALL Thomas