Remembering Private Ball - but are you his relative?

Susan Bleasdale with old postcards found when clearing a relative's effects
Susan Bleasdale with old postcards found when clearing a relative's effects

A First World War soldier who has no known grave has become the focus of a family who found his card of remembrance while clearing a relative’s effects.

Private Samuel James Ball, of the 1/4th LN Lancashire Regiment, was just 24 when he was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Festubert on June 15, 1915.

The memorial card for Private Samuel James Ball who died at the WW1 Battle of Festubert in France in 1915

The memorial card for Private Samuel James Ball who died at the WW1 Battle of Festubert in France in 1915

“Gone but not forgotten” was the simple message on his remembrance card found by Susan and Simon Bleasdale when they were sorting through the belongings of Simon’s late father, Thomas. Now they want to find out if any of Samuel’s relatives are still in or around Longridge, as his family lived at 11 Humber Street in the town.

Susan said: “We found the card in a box in the attic. Also on the inside of the card was the inscription ‘Dad’s friend killed in action when dad was wounded’ written by Simon’s father and referring to his grandfather.

“We would like the card to be returned to any of Samuel’s descendants who can be traced. If no-one is found, we have shown it to staff at the Fulwood Barracks museum, and they would be only too pleased to have it for their archive.”

Private Ball’s name is on the Longridge memorial at St Paul’s Church, and also on the Tournet Memorial in France.

His family has had long connections in the area, owning a garage in Hurst Green, living in Knowle Green and a Mr Major Bleasdale being Longridge stations signalman in the late 1800s. If you can help please contact the newsroom on 01995 605910.