World War I Soldiers Remembered: Frederick Douglas Ball

8 Feb
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Frederick Douglas Ball, October 15, 1918, in camp

Frederick Douglas Ball was born April 24, 1897 in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Frederick was a 21 year old Elk Hill farmer when he was drafted on September 5, 1918 and sent to Camp Lee. According to his Registration Card, we know he was single, tall and had blue eyes and dark brown hair. Frederick’s father was Frank D. Ball and his mother was Florence Yates from England.

He was inducted into service on September 5, 1918 and sent to Camp Lee, Virginia, assigned to Co. A, 4th Battalion. He left Norfolk, Virginia on October 27, 1918. Frederick boarded the USS Koningin der Nederlander, a Danish ship that had been seized by the U.S. Government for service after entry into World War I. He arrived at Brest France on November 9, 1918. Shortly after he arrived in France, he was transferred to Machine Gun Co. 161 where he served for the duration of the war.

Ball arrived back at Newport News aboard the Battleship Georgia on February 22, 1919 and was officially discharged on March 5 of the same year. About his service, he wrote “am in every way satisfied with the military service and am highly pleased with my military training and proud of few experiences in the A.E.F.”

Frederick stayed in Goochland a few years after the war and then moved to Williamsburg. He passed away on August 17, 1960 and is buried in the James River Baptist Church cemetery in Williamsburg, Virginia.

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Taken May 28, 1918

If you have any photographs of World War I service men and women from Goochland, please contact the Goochland County Historical Society. We would love to scan your photographs and add them to the World War I Commemorative Collection. Contact us at 804-556-3966 or at


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