Mr Percy B. Ball 1 was born in Southampton on 23 February 1893 the son of Henry Ball (born 1856), boilermaker, and Adalade (née Brewer, 1859-1921) 2. His siblings were Rose (b.1878), Alice (b.1880), Frank (b.1887), George (b.1889) and Doris Dorothy (b.1896).
In the 1911 census he was listed as a newsagent's assistant, living with his family at 7 Windsor Terrace, Southampton.
He signed-on to the Titanic, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 7 Windsor Terrace, (Southampton). He had previously worked as a cook but on the Titanic he was employed as a plates steward. As such he received £3 15s per month. The Titanic was his first ship and he came aboard at 6 a.m. on 10 April.
Ball was rescued (possibly in lifeboat 13).
After the disaster Ball returned to sea on White Star ships. In a c.1919 identity card he was described as 5ft 6in, having grey eyes, brown hair and a fresh complexion.
On March 9 1916 he married Violet Mary Boast (b.1895). The couple would go on to have four children: Robert F. (1917-1925), Peter, Muriel (b.1925) and Cyril (b.1926).
Percy Ball died of tuberculosis aged 38. in 1933.
The family's fortunes declined further after Percy's death. They moved into a smaller house and gradually Violet's health, also failed. She died aged just 42.
- The middle initial is given in the death index.
- Her name is sometimes spelled Adalade, and other times Adelade.
Coventry Standard (2012) Percy Ball who survived the Titanic
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