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Herbert Franklin Ball

In memory of:

Private Herbert Franklin Ball

November 18, 1916

Military Service

Service Number:







Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)


38th Bn.

Additional Information


February 25, 1889

Son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Ball, of Deer Mound, Alberta.

Commemorated on Page 50 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Somme, France

Grave Reference:

VII. A. 11.


Contay is a village in the Department of the Somme on the main road, Amiens to Arras. The CONTAY BRITISH CEMETERY lies on the left (north east) side of the road to Franvillers. There are no access problems. There is a CWGC road sign next to the church and square of the village and next to the D23, Franvillers - Corbie, sign. The distance from the CWGC sign to the Cemetery is approximately 650 metres.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Inscription– Private Herbert Franklin Ball
His signature and regiment number as it appears at the Wellington Quarry Underground Museum or Carrière Wellington in Arras, France. 

The museum is named after a former underground quarry which was part of a network of tunnels used by forces of the British Empire and Commonwealth. 
Photo Source J Mechen_Nov 2021
  • Photo of Bert Ball– Bert Ball joined the 51st Btn. in Edmonton, Alberta Jan. 26, 1915.  Of the eight brothers and brothers in law, three did not return.
  • Circumstances of Death Registers– Source: Library and Archives Canada.  CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS, FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames:  Babb to Barjarow. Microform Sequence 5; Volume Number 31829_B016715. Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 149.  Page 711 of 1072.
  • Gravemarker– Photo courtesy of Gary Nelson
  • Inscription– Cave drawing made by Herbert Ball while in France

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