Born: 1871, Nine Elms, Battersea, Surry.

Died: 30th June 1915; age: 44; died of Heart Failure, at the Ipswich Military Hospital.

Residence: 8, Everett Street, Nine Elms Lane, Battersea.

Occupation: Gas Stoker.

Religion: Roman Catholic.

Enlistment Location: London.


Rank: Rifleman; Service Number: 669.

Regiment: London Regiment (The Rangers), 12th Battalion.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William & Margaret Ballard; husband of Mary Driscoll (formerly Ballard), of 15, Ponton Street, Nine Elms, Battersea.




1871   62, Everett Street, Battersea, Surrey.


George was a year old and living with his parents & siblings.

William John Ballard, 26, a Coachman, born Godstone, Surrey.

Margaret Ballard (nee Donoven), born Sunbury, Surrey.

Ellen Ballard, 4, born Riddlesdown.

Henry Ballard, 3, born Battersea.


1891   11, Arden Street, Battersea, Surrey.


George was 20 years old, a Gas Stoker. He was living with his widowed father.

William, 49, a Gas Stoker.


1901   10, Currie Street, Nine Elms, Battersea, Surrey.


George was 29 years old, a Gas Worker. He was married and Head of the Household.

Mary, 27.

George, 4.

Henry, 1.


1911   8, Everett Street, Nine Elms Lane, Battersea, Surrey.


George was 40 years old, a Gas Stoker – Gas Works. He was married and head of the household.

Mary, 37.

brother-in-law Daniel Driscoll, 41, a Coke Labourer – Gas Works, born Lambeth.


On the 6th June 1896, at the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Joseph Church, Battersea Park, Wandsworth, George married Mary Anne Driscoll, born 1874, Lambeth – daughter of James Driscoll, a gas stoker, and Johanna Driscoll, of 24, Woodgate Street, Battersea.

Mary and George had eight sons.

James Ballard, born 1896, Battersea.

George Ballard, born 1897, Battersea.

Henry Ballard, born May 1899, Battersea.

James Ballard, born January 1902, Battersea.

William Joseph Ballard, born June 1905, Battersea.

Thomas Ballard, born December 1909, Battersea.

Joseph Ballard, born July 1912, Wandsworth.

John Ballard, born 1915, Wandsworth.


George’s mother, Margaret Ballard died 1891, Wandsworth.


Soldiers’ Effects to Mary Ballard – widow.


East Anglian Daily Times – Wednesday, 7th July 1915 – MILITARY FUNERAL IN IPSWICHDuring the afternoon of Monday, 5th July 1915 the remains of the late Rifleman George Thomas Ballard were interred in Ipswich Cemetery. The deceased, who belonged to the 12th County of London Rifles, now billeted in the town, died in the Military Hospital after a short illness. The procession started from the Artillery Barracks headed by a firing party; then came the drum and fife band of the 10th County of London. The coffin, covered with the Union Jack, was mounted on a gun carriage drawn by six black horses supplied by the 11th County of London R.F.A.; a mourning coach and about 50 of the deceased comrades brought up the rear. The service at the Cemetery was conducted by the Reverend Father Duane, of St. Pancras Roman Catholic Church, at the conclusion of which three volleys were fired and the “Last Post” sounded by nine buglers, with the rolling of drums. The coffin, of polished elm with black fittings, bore a breastplate with the following inscription: – “George T. Ballard, died June 30th, 1915, aged 44 years. The arrangements were carried out by Messrs. Hastings and Son, of St. Matthew’s, supervised by Mr. P. Hastings.

London Regiment (The Rangers), 12th Battalion

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