http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/154735/BALL,%20ROBERT the certificate is free to download
1891: born on 8th July 1891 & Christened: 9th September 1891 @ St Peters Church, Fairfield. He was the son of Phillip and Sarah who was a local girl from Burbage. Robert started North Road School 2nd September 1895
1901 Census: Living at Under 1 Rutland Terrace aged 9yrs.
1911 Census: Living at 11 Bench Lane, Fairfield aged 19yrs.
Occupation: Errand Boy for Grocer. Robert was the second eldest of 5 children.
1914: Robert enlisted in March 6th Battalion Notts & Derby Pte.2140. Robert gave his occupation as a Fireman, he was employed by London & North Western Railway Company. Aged 22yrs. Robert arrived in France on 28th February 1915. On the 28th September 1915 following his death Robert’s personal effects were sent to his Mother Sarah Ball of 11 Bench Road, they included his Prayer Book, Letters & Photographs. Upon enlistment Robert had 3 older brothers Benjamin (36) living on Alma Street, Joseph (34) living at Devonshire Cottages & Phillip (31) living at Southfield Terrace, there were 2 younger brothers Thomas (23) at Townhead and Alfred (20) living at home 11 Bench Road.
Robert Ball enlisted into the 1/6th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) which was a territorial unit with HQ in Chesterfield, serving with the Notts. & Derby Brigade in the North Midland Division. They were mobilised for war service on the 5th of August 1914. The Division concentrated in the Luton area by mid August. In November they moved to Braintree to prepare for service overseas. They proceeded to France, landing at Boulogne on the 25th pf February being first complete Territorial Division to arrive in a theatre of war when they joined the BEF in the Ypres salient. On the 12th of May the Division was retitled 46th (North Midland) Division. They were in action during The German liquid fire attack at Hooge – See more at http://www.wartimememoriesproject.com/greatwar/allied/sherwoodforesters6.php#sthash.jHHbF3M0.dpuf