Harry Ernest Ball.

. Harry Ernest Ball enlisted in the 2/1st [Reserve Battalion] of the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Battalions.  He was allocated the HCB number of 1598 and posted to 'C' Company of that unit.  He was approximately 20 yrs old, his birthday being in October.

Family tradition indicates that he enlisted in 1914.  The first time he is actually mentioned in their papers [many missing] was 21/1/1916.

. He was posted to the base depot B.E.F. France on 26th July 1916, he was rationed up to and for that day. Order was part 2 No. 171 issued by W. L. Stephenson, 2/Lieut. & acting Adjutant, 2/1st Hunts. Cyclist Battalion. The order was issued at Well Camp Alford at 8-00 p.m., 28th July 1916.

In France he was transferred into the 14 (Service) Bat. Royal Warwickshire Regt. and was allocated the Army number of 30203.

Research has also suggested that he also served in the 9th Bat. Royal Warwickshire Regt.

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His occupation before the war was a clicker in the shoe industry in Kettering, Northants, an occupation to which he returned in 1919.  Many thanks to Adrienne Thornton for providing the family details on Harry - Harry was her Grandfather. 

 

If you can help with any data on this Huntingdonshire Cyclist please contact me at huntscycles@btinternet.com

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09/04/2012

. . Martyn Smith