Horace William Ballard



May 11, 1895

Born in Reading, Berkshire, England to William and Emily (nee Tuck) Ballard


Sep 10, 1903

Embarked the SS Bavarian in Liverpool with his parents and 2 siblings


Sep 19, 1903

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and the family proceeded to Peterborough, Ontario


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Number 59034 (temporary number 498)

Ø      Next of kin given as Stanley Ballard, brother, 62 Murray St., Peterborough, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Machinist

o       It was noted elsewhere that he had been employed by the CGE (Canadian General Electric) Company

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company and a member of No. 9 Platoon 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries

Shown above in the front row with his comrades in arms


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 6, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Nov 20, 1915

While in the front line trenches near Kemmel, France, Private Ballard was shot in the right shoulder by a German sniper.  He was given first aid and then sent to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance), then transported to the No. 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) in Bailleul for additional treatment


Nov 21, 1915

Transported via the No. 14 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the Australian War Hospital in Wimereux


Nov 30, 1915

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Elstree Hospital, Bromley

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion for pay purposes while in hospital


Jan 21, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Monks Horton


Jan 23, 1916

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital in Ramsgate


Feb 15, 1916

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Feb 21, 1916

Transferred to the Chatham House to continue his recovery


Apr 6, 1916

Discharged to light duties from hospital


Apr 11, 1916

Admitted to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Epsom for 8 weeks of Physical Therapy


May 24, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bear Wood Park, Wokingham


Jun 17, 1916

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital in Ramsgate


Aug 1, 1916

Discharged to light duties from hospital


Aug 14, 1916

On Command to the CAI & RD (Canadian Arms Inspection and Repair Depot) in London for duty


Nov 4, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 3, 1917

Admitted to the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich diagnosed with Influenza


Jan 9, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Mar 15, 1917

Attached to the CSAR & L Depot in London


Mar 22, 1917

Posted to the EORD


Apr 19, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the CSAR & L Depot and rejoined the EORD


Jul 7, 1917

Posted to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Jul 18, 1917

Embarked the Justicia in Liverpool


Aug 1, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Sep 1, 1917

Posted to the Special Services Company, Kingston


Oct 23, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 182 Reid St., Peterborough, Ontario

A medical board had assessed his disability at 25%, but he should be re-examined in 6 months

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 222 London St., Peterborough, Ontario


Apr 18, 1921

Married to Mildred Hazel Morrow in Toronto, Ontario

He listed his occupation as Postal Clerk, and his bride’s occupation as Lady

1935 Canadian Voters list shows him as a patient in Ward 326 of the Christie Street Hospital, Toronto and his occupation is shown as Soldier, while his wife is living at 7 Russell St. E., Lindsay, Ontario.  A friend wrote that he was suffering from Arthritis.

The 1949 Census shows him and his wife living at 812 Water St., Peterborough

The 1962 Census shows Horace and Mildred living at 845 George St., N., Peterborough


Feb 12, 1963

Horace Ballard died in Peterborough


Horace and his brother Stanley, are both listed on the Peterborough Ontario Wall of Honour recognizing their service

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