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Ball, Malcolm Edward

Lt M.E. Ball was the fourth son of Edward Ball, J.P., and Mrs Ball, of Lewisham Hill, S.E. Educated at Roan School and New College, Margate, he entered Guy's Hospital as a student, and qualified M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. in 1908, continuing a year later to M.B.,B.S., London.

He held house appointments, ending with a house physician, and acted in the capacity of editor of the Gazette. While at hospital he made many firm friends, and will be remembered by all of his time for his ability both in work and sports. Later on he married Evelyn Irene, daughter of the Rev. Ottley, Vicar of St.John the Baptist, Portland, and settled in practice at Emsworth Hants.

Only last year in response to the urgent appeals of the British Medical Association he offered his services to the Royal Medical Corps and was given a Commission in September. At Suvia Bay he contracted dysentery and was invalided to Malta. On recovery he was attached to the Worcester Regiment and preceded to the Tigris Front, where on April 9th.1916, he was severely wounded and died next day.

Lt, Ball leaves a widow and two children. A contemporary writes: "By the death of Malcolm Ball, I and many others have lost a dear friend. Vigorous in mind and body he has always represented to me a charming combination of a sportsman and gentleman. To say that he will be deeply missed is but a poor way of expressing the blank sense of loss which his death has caused to those who knew and loved him." Guy's Hospital Reports Vol LXX, War Memorial Number


First name(s)Malcolm Edward
Family detailsSon of Edward and Alice Ball; husband of Evelyn Irene Ball, of 5A, Belmont Park, Lee, London
Previous educationRoan School, Greenwich and New College, Margate
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1903-1909
Dept / courseM.B. London
QualificationsM.R.C.S., L.R.C.P.; M.B., B.S. 1908/9
Military unitR.A.M.C., Worcestershire Regiment, attd. 9th Bn.
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsGallipoli and Mesopotamia
Date of death10 April 1916
Age at death30
Rank at deathLieutenant
Place of death16th C.C.S Wadi Camp, Orah, Mesopotamia,Tigris Front
Cause of deathDied of wounds
Commemoration(s)Guy's Hospital Memorial; Basra Memorial, Iraq
NotesIn 1903 Edward Ball was living at West Court, Lewisham Hill S.E.
SourcesGuy's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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