Guest Blogger: From the Searchroom

News report on Tommy Ball

Report on the shooting of Aston Villa player, Thomas Ball, from the Birmingham Mail, 12 November 1923

I joined the local history society in 1990, I found that one of the items that they had was a transcript of the Burial register of St Johns Church. As I was the postman at the Church I decided that when I retired I would transcribe the Baptism and Marriage registers – this is what I am doing at the moment.

There are many entries of interest, but two are regarding Aston Villa Players:

  1. the Marriage of Joseph Henry Hampton (known as Happy Harry Hampton) in 1906 (EP 18/2/3/4)
  2. the Burial of Thomas Edgar Ball (known as Tommy Ball, the first Footballer to be murdered in England)  in 1923  (EP 18/2/4/4)

With special thanks for this article to: Roger Henney


Leave a comment here or send enquiries to

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.