Pte. Frank Ball
Pte. Frank Milton Ball, 33rd
Battalion, London. Died in hospital at Epsom, Surrey, from
exposure in the trenches. Was in the trenches six months.
His mother, Mrs. John Garland,
lives in Simcoe and received the following letter after her son's
March 26th, 1917
Dear Madame. -- It is with deep
regret that I write to tell you of the death of your laddie, Frank
He passed away on the 21st March, at noon.
He had suffered much, and I felt
so sorry that you and all his dear ones were unable to be near
He was constantly asking if the
mail was in, and two letters came after he was unable to
understand them. One was put in among his belongings, and the
re-addressed to the sender's address.
He was very patient always and
liked to help himself as much as possible. He never gave us a bit
of trouble in any way, poor laddie.
You will be comforted to know
that the Wesleyan minister, Rev. F. E. England was with him on the
night before he died and said his mind and soul were prepared for
his change from his life to that which lies beyond our ken.
He was buried today in the
regimental cemetery with military honors. The Canadian boys from
the convalescent camp formed a firing party at the graveside. The
Canadian boys in hospital sent a beautiful floral emblem in the
form of a Maple Leaf and the Imperial boys and nursing staff of
the ward sent a beautiful wreath of white flowers, violets, ivy
and maple leaves. A Canadian sergeant in Ward 14 had arranged to
take photographs of the flowers and burial and we hope to send you
copies of them.
One Canadian (named Dockett) says
that if he reaches Canada safely he will come to see you and tell
you all he can.
The letters, a well-worn soft
leather bound New Testament and other belongings have been handed
in to the authorities, and will, I hope, reach you in due course.
My heart goes out to you in deep
sympathy. My own dear brother of about the same age was killed in
France, and another is out there still. May God comfort you and
enable you to "cast your burden on the Lord for He careth for
Yours in sincere
R. M. Jackson,
Staff House, Ward 14.