First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

East Surrey Regiment
1st Bn.


1914 /15 Star, British War and Victory medals


Panel 34.


>He has no Headstone. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial to the missing.

UK Memorials

Not on the Wigginton Village Memorial

Pre War

Henry William Ballam was born on 24th November 1884, in Peckham, London, son of Henry William Ballam, a Sawyer (B 1861 in Newington, London and Alice Maud Ballam (nee Feneron) (B 1865 in Walworth, London). The eldest of 6 children. 

1891 Census records Henry aged 6, at school, living with his parents, brothers William 5, Frederick 1 and sister Alice 3, in East Surrey Grove, Camberwell, London/Surrey.

No Census records for 1901 found for Henry. 

In July 1902, aged 18 Henry enlisted in the Middlesex Regiment Militia for 6 years with the Service No. 2664. His address at the time was 6 Cator Street, Saint Georges Way, Peckham, London and his occupation was a Boot Maker. In February of 1903 he transferred to the regular Army and was posted to the East Surrey Regiment on 16th February 1903, with the Service No. 7750, signing on for 3 years in the colours and 9 years in the reserve. July of 1905, while serving in Jersey he applied to extend his service which was excepted. 

It is not known when Harry married Sarah Ann (possible Sarah Ann King). The CWGC records her address as "The Hermitage" Chesham Road, Wigginton, Tring, Herts, and her war pension records give her address as Scotland Green Road, Ponders End, Middlesex. 

Wartime Service

On the outbreak of war it is assumed Henry was still serving in the army. At the time the 1st Battalion, East Surrey Regiment were stationed in Dublin, Ireland. They were mobilized on 4th August 1914, and over the next few day the Battalion was strengthened by the arrival of over 600 reservists. On the 13th August 1914, the Battalion embarked aboard the "S.S. Botanist" sailing at 1830hrs, arriving at Le Havre docks about 12 noon on 15th August 1914. After disembarking the Battalion moved off to rest camp No. 1.

On 19th April 1915, the Battalion took up positions on Hill 60. At about 1100hrs on 20th April 1915, Hill 60, received heavy shelling from the German lines for most of the day, it was during this bombardment that Henry was killed, his body was never recovered. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial to the missing.

Additional Information

The value of Henrys effects were £5-8s-0d, Pay Owing and £8, War Gratuity which went to his widow Sarah Ann Ballam.


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