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Record #16076
Name :
: James Arthur BALL (1905 - )
  aka : Jim

BMD and other details
Date of Birth
: 1905

Marriage (1)
Marriage (2)

Date of Death
Abode (1) : Place of BirthEngland, Nottinghamshire, Sneinton
Abode (2) : Place of Death / Burial
Sailing Information
Date of Arrival
: 22 Apr 1922
: Canada

: Canopic

Placement Family
Homes / Agencys
Institution (GB)

: Dakeyne Boys Farm
NotesA birth registration was found for James Arthur Ball: Date: Oct-Nov-Dec 1905; District: Nottingham; County: Nottinghamshire; Volume: 7b; Page: 322. Parents: William Ball and Sarah Riley, married 1898, Nottinghamshire, England.

Private William Ball of the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment, 15th Battalion), from Edwalton, Nottinghamshire, England, was killed in action during World War I on October 14, 1918 in Flanders, Belgium.

In 1922, James Arthur Ball, 16, arrived at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in a group of 5 boys for the Dakeyne Boys' Farm, Falmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. He declared that his current occupation was as a farm boy; that his intended occupation was as a farm worker; that he was born in Nottingham, England; and that his nearest relation was his mother, Mrs. Sarah Ball, Edwalton, Nottinghamshire, England.

Found July 22, 2012 in an old Nottingham Newspaper clipping:

"James is Back - 54 years later

It's a long time since James Ball trod the streets of Nottingham - 54 years in fact.
And the old place is looking pretty different these days, according to Mr.Ball, who is back in Nottingham for the first time since emigrating to Canada.


Mr. Ball is staying with his sister Mrs. Ruth Pass . . . at her home in Austin Street, Bulwell. He was 16 when he left with four four fellow members of the 2nd Nottingham Company Boys' Brigade to work on a farm in Nova Scotia. From there he eventually worked his way around Canada doing various jobs from auctioneering to lumber, and has now settled in Alberta, where he runs a second- hand book shop. "Canada is a wonderful country." says Mr. Ball, 70, who has two brothers and sisters and several grandchildren in Nottingham. I really don't think I could live here again - Life is far more free and easy over there."

BALL James Arthur 16 M Canopic 1922 Liverpool 4/13/22 Halifax 4/22/22 Dakeyne Boys' Farm Falmouth, Nova Scotia Boys Party Library and Archives Canada RG 76 C 5 b Form 30A. C-10435 Other Government
of Canada records:

"THE Hinds, of Edwalton Hall, were among Nottingham's leading families a century ago. The Balls of Sneinton were typical working class folk.

Yet for some reason, the Balls were unofficially adopted by the Hinds and taken from the tight, back-to-back streets of Sneinton to live in leafy Edwalton, then little more than a tiny village on the outskirts of the city. Now, family researcher Antony Ball is trying to find out why his ancestors were able to make such a giant leap in their social standing.

"What was the link? Why did Oliver Hind, who was a successful and wealthy Nottingham solicitor, choose to help the family of my great uncle William Ball, who was an ordinary lace worker, one of thousands living in Sneinton at the end of the 19th century?"

Mr Ball, a printer by trade, has been researching his family history for more than two years and has turned up a wealth of documents and information. For the most part, he has found nothing unusual.

"They were just ordinary, working class people. A large family, all of them born and bred in Sneinton." But the story of his great uncle William, a twist hand in the lace industry, threw up a puzzling anomaly. He was killed a month before the end of the First World War while serving with the Sherwood Foresters on the Western Front.

All the documents gave his final address as Edwalton. "I couldn't understand it. How did a member of the family turn up in Edwalton? It was a far cry from the streets of Sneinton." The clue appears to lie with William's eldest son Albert and the Ball family's last known address in Sneinton, 10 Dakeyene Street. Their three-story tenement home was opposite the gates of the Dakeyene Street Boys' Club, which plays a significant part in the story. The club, housed in what was once the County Asylum, was set up in 1907 by Oliver Hind, second son of Notts County Council chief clerk Jesse Hind.

Oliver, who had a deep concern for the welfare of working class children, was commander of the 2nd Nottingham Boys' Brigade Company and he had the idea of creating a new boys club which would provide local lads with a radical new system of education and adventure.

It attracted teenage Sneinton boys in their dozens. One of them was Albert Ball, born in 1899, the eldest of William and Sarah Ball's seven children. Hind, who later became president of the Nottingham BB Battalion, was passionate about helping these youngsters, going so far as to set up a scheme for boys to emigrate to Canada to learn new skills on Dakeyene Farm, funded by the Hinds and the family of John Player, in Nova Scotia.

But what prompted Hind to single out young Albert Ball, then aged 13, take him to his Edwalton Hall home, give him a job, and train him to be his chauffeur? "That is the mystery," said Antony Ball. "I am hoping there is a member of the family who can give me those answers."

Albert's father William, who had been a star striker with Sneinton FC, enlisted in 1915 and served with the Foresters until he was killed in fighting around the Belgian town of Ypres on October 14, 1918. He is buried in Dadizele Military Cemetery. Son Albert was also fighting in France, with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, but his mother Sarah and the rest of the family had moved to a semi-detached house in Edwalton, called Hallfields, owned by the Hinds.

Albert returned home to Edwalton, married Maud in 1923, became a prominent figure in the village, stalwarts of Holy Rood Church, and an important member of the Boys' Brigade, helping to found the Edwalton company.
When Albert retired, he and Maud moved into the Hind Almshouses, built as a memorial to Oliver Hind's younger brother Lawrence, commanding officer of the 2nd Battalion (Robin Hoods) Sherwood Foresters, who was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. His body was never recovered but he is remembered on a plaque in Holy Rood Church, together with William Ball.

"It is an extraordinary story," said Antony. "I know that one of Albert's brothers, James, left for Dakeyene Farm, at the age of 16 on board the SS Canopic. But we have no trace of him after that, nor can I find anything about William's other children. However Albert, who died in 1987, had a daughter Joan who married a Bulwell miner named Thomas Samuel Little in 1948. She could hold the key to the mystery."

James's family continues to look for any information on James after his arrival in Canada." 
ContributorsCreated : 2012-03-03 16:36:46 / From original database

Last Updated : 2012-08-31 09:53:35 /

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IDNameDOBPlace of birthArrivals & ShipsDest.AgencyFamily links
3423 BALL, Albert Victor1902ENG, WAR, Aston Jun 1912 : Carthaginian CAN Middlemore  
19553 BALL, Alice1892ENG,     May 1895 : Parisian CAN Annie Macpherson Homes  
3422 BALL, Amelia1900ENG, WAR, Birmingham Jun 1911 : Carthaginian CAN Middlemore  
6235 BALL, Amelia1879ENG,     May 1892 : Mongolian CAN Maria Rye  
22760 BALL, Arthur James1913ENG,     May 1924 : Franconia CAN Middlemore  
24070 BALL, Daisy1909ENG,     Jun 1915 : Carthaginian CAN Middlemore  
12617 BALL, David1879ENG,     Oct 1896 : Scotsman CAN Barnardos  
4038 BALL, Edward1901ENG, WAR, Aston Jun 1912 : Carthaginian CAN Middlemore  
6278 BALL, Elizabeth1899ENG,     May 1910 : Corsican CAN Louisa Birt  
9242 BALL, Elizabeth1907ENG,     Jun 1920 : Scotian CAN Barnardos  
23925 BALL, Frank1909ENG,     May 1920 : Minnedosa CAN Middlemore  
14741 BALL, Frederick Phillip1878ENG, MDX, London May 1892 : Numidian CAN Childrens Aid Society  
24071 BALL, George1907ENG,     Jun 1915 : Carthaginian CAN Middlemore  
3696 BALL, George Alfred1891ENG, NTH, Northampton Jun 1906 : Siberian CAN Middlemore  
17945 BALL, George D1896ENG,     Mar 1907 : Dominion CAN Barnardos  
10456 BALL, George Ogilvie1911ENG,     Jul 1923 : Minnedosa CAN Barnardos  
8192 BALL, Harold1914ENG,    , Cambourne Sep 1928 : Antonia CAN National Childrens Home  
23372 BALL, Herbert1907ENG,     May 1920 : Minnedosa CAN Middlemore  
23673 BALL, Irene1912ENG,     Sep 1923 : Minnedosa CAN Barnardos  
3324 BALL, Isabella1896ENG,     Aug 1910 : Corsican CAN Church of England  
16076 BALL, James Arthur1905ENG, NTT, Sneinton  Apr 1922 : Canopic CAN Dakeyne Boys Farm  
8193 BALL, John A1913IRL, ANT, Belfast Sep 1928 : Antonia CAN National Childrens Home  
24293 BALL, Lucy1895 Apr 1906 : Friesland CAN Barnardos  
10910 BALL, R1872ENG,     Apr 1886 : Parisian CAN Barnardos  
23926 BALL, Sidney1911ENG,     May 1920 : Minnedosa CAN Middlemore  
21931 BALL, Thomas Arthur1891ENG,     Oct 1904 : Corinthian CAN Quarriers  
19593 BALL, William1891ENG,     May 1895 : Parisian CAN Annie Macpherson Homes  
22836 BALL, William Charles1908ENG,     May 1923 : Canada CAN Waifs & Strays  
17319 BALL, William D 1895ENG,     Mar 1907 : Dominion CAN Barnardos  
IDNameDOBPlace of birthArrivals & ShipsDest.AgencyFamily links
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