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Charles James Prior Ball
by Rex Coleman, for Baron Studios5 x 4 inch film negative, 25 May 1961NPG x191243
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John Ball (nephew)
06 March 2017, 18:43
Charles Ball (habitually known as "Major Ball" throughout his life) made a significant contribution to the joint Allied war effort in WW2 by providing the technology (used in his factory "Magnesium Elektron" referred above) deployed in Nevada USA to create "Basic Magnesium", the largest plant in the world at the time which produced magnesium for airframes and munitions ,He was also the creator of the company which ultimately, via acquisitions through Distillers Company Limited became the Plastics division of British Petroleum. In sporting activities he sailed for GB in Dragons in the 1936 Olympics and became Vice-Commodore of the Royal Thames Yacht Club,
George Chastney,Vice Chairman of Cowes Heritage
27 July 2016, 12:21
Major Ball served in the Royal Horse Artillery in Gallipoli and received the DSO and MC for bravery. A chemical engineer, after the war he made his fortune setting up a factory and had a large estate in Hampshire. His war-time service is featured in a current WW1 exhibition at Carisbrooke Castle Museum, Isle of Wight. Herewith a write up of his life: Family Name Ball Christian Names Charles James Prior Date of Birth 15/02/1893 Date of Death 15/10/1973 00:00:00 Additional Notes Parents were George W Ball House builder and Developer fromCowes and his wife Dora. they were first cousins. They lived in a large house, Parklands in Cowes. Date of Marriage 01/12/1920 00:00:00 Who they married Eva St Clare Lucas Got Married at Warwick, Warwickshire, England Occupation chemical engineer educated UCL Children Address Brief Service Description Rank Blank Service Number Service Detail Joined the RHA in 1914 and served in the Dardanelles. Awarded the DSO and MC and promoted to Major. After ww1 appointed to the Armaments Sub-Commission of the Military Inter Allied Commission of Control and remained in the Army of Occupation in Germany. He specialised in explosives. Awards Royal Horse Artillery 2nd Lt then Acting Major. No Army number as officer trained. Medal Card shows DSO and Military Cross for bravery. Also 1915 Star theatre of war Gallipoli. British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Parklands, Cowes, IW on 23/07/1921. David Langford. Ancestry.co.uk researchers Lin Watterson spring 2015 Date Of Research May 2015
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