HMS Gurkha or HMS Illustrious 1940-1946

10th November 2008, 13:08
Hi Anyone
I am trying to find info on crew member A.H.Ball who was my friends father.
A H Ball he believes served on both these ships anyone help?
B Roberts

K urgess
10th November 2008, 13:19
Welcome aboard from East Yorkshire.
I'm sure the crew will be able to help with your query.
Meanwhile find your way around the ship and enjoy the voyage.

10th November 2008, 14:35
Welcome from Lancashire.
I hope you will enjoy the site.

bert thompson
10th November 2008, 15:47
Welcome to this great site.
Best wishes

11th November 2008, 00:50
Welcome aboard from the Philippines. Enjoy all this great site has to offer

11th November 2008, 01:27

A warm welcome to the site from the Isle of Anglesey, I guarantee you will thoroughly enjoy the SN experience!
I am sure that someone will be able to help with your query in the meantime, have a good look around the site. (Thumb)

11th November 2008, 08:45
Hi there.

Welcome to the forum. Try searching for his RN service record here:*&queryType=1

There are over 600 men with surname BALL, so you will need to search on first name and last name, then look through the results and narrow it down using place and date of birth, if known. RN service records can be downloaded for GBP3.50. It should provide a list of dates and ships served on and some other details.


11th November 2008, 08:58
Oops! Read that too quickly - just noticed the dates. The index I provided the link for is only for ratings who joined the RN between 1873 and 1923. If your friend's father joined after this, you need to look at section 4, "Men entering after 1923", in the National Archives research guide for "Royal Navy: Ratings' Service Records 1667-1923 (".


11th November 2008, 11:33
Greetings BR and welcome to SN. Bon voyage.