Mr Percy Ball

Percy Ball

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.

Brian Ticehurst, UK

  1. The middle initial is given in the death index.
  2. Her name is sometimes spelled Adalade, and other times Adelade.
References and Sources
1881,1911 Census
Coventry Standard (2012) Percy Ball who survived the Titanic
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