Balls, Charles William

From Battle of Jutland Crew Lists Project
Balls, Charles William
Narrative Source Photograph
This photo is of Charles in his Metropolitan Police Uniform. It seems he joined the Police when he finished his 12 years Royal Navy Service in 1904 and then rejoined for 'hostilities', returning to the police in Stepney after the war before retiring in 1930. He died in 1930 just a year after my parents married.
Following Jutland he was serving on HMS Strongbow when it was sunk in action off Lerwick in 1917 and was one of only 44 men rescued. His naval record says he was 'slightly wounded'
John Ball