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May 5th 2017

Parade to mark 100th anniversary of Nottingham War hero’s passing

A previous Albert Bell Parade

A previous Albert Bell Parade

Air Cadets from across Nottingham will parade in memory of the 100th anniversary of the passing of one of the city’s greatest war heroes on Sunday.

 

Every year members of the locally based Air Training Corps (ATC) squadrons take part in the Albert Ball Parade at Nottingham Castle on 7 May, the date the world renowned flying ace died aged 20.

Sunday’s parade is extra special as it marks the 100th anniversary of the Lenton born hero’s death while fighting with 56 Squadron Royal Flying Corps in the skies over France.

Captain Ball was awarded the Victoria Cross, three Distinguished Service Orders, Military Cross and both The Order of St George and the Legion d’honneur from Britain’s allies Russia and France respectively.

He was widely known for his ‘lone wolf’ style and the 44 victories recorded to him saw him acknowledged at the time of his death as being Britain’s leading pilot. That’s despite Captain Ball having only gained his pilot’s licence in January 1916.

The son of a former Mayor of Nottingham, he was granted the Freedom of the City four months before his passing after which a permanent monument was erected to him in the castle grounds.

It’s there where cadets from the 10 ATC squadrons that are based in and around Nottingham will take part in the parade and memorial service which begins at 7pm.

Wing Commander Andy Pass, Officer Commanding of South and East Midlands Wing ATC who assist in organising the event, said: “The Albert Ball Parade is always a big day for us, but this year it’s extra special.

“It will be an honour for all present to remember one of Nottingham, and indeed the country’s, greatest war heroes on the 100th anniversary of his passing.

“Captain Ball’s achievements should always be remembered and we look forward to doing that this Sunday.”

 

 

“It will be an honour for all present to remember one of Nottingham, and indeed the country’s, greatest war heroes on the 100th anniversary of his passing.

“Captain Ball’s achievements should always be remembered and we look forward to doing that this Sunday.”