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1659, Adolphus Ballard
(Believed to be)
Adolphus Ballard

Adolphus Ballard

1659, Isle of Wight Rifles, Princess Beatrice's
1st/8th Btn., Hampshire Regiment.

Born 1897, Lake, Isle of Wight, UK
Killed In Action, Gallipoli, 12th August 1915, aged 17.
Medal Trio - 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal - Pip, Squeak and Wilfred
Adolphus's Medal Entitlement
Isle of Wight Rifles cap badge
Cap Badge
Adolphus Ballard was born on 17th September 1897, son of John and Fanny Ballard of Lake Road (now Sandown Road), Lake, Isle of Wight.

Lake being a small community Adolphus was well known to George White's family and was the boyfriend of George's sister Annie (or Daisy as she was known). The card, below, was found in the White family possessions and although the details are flawed, it serves as a probable indicator of a close tie between the Whites and the Ballards.
Adolphus shipped out to Gallipoli with Fred Shave, Charlie Morris, George and other "Lake Men" on 10th August and George refers to "Dolf" in some of his early letters home.

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Adolphus Ballard's Medal Card
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Correction - Birth certificate shows that he was 5 weeks short of his 18th birthday