Charles Frederick Ball
From Dublin's Botanic Gardens to the Killing Fields of Gallipoli
Imprint: The Liffey Press
200 Pages, 6.14 x 9.21 in, 75+ color plates
- July 2022
- In Stock
This book describes Fred Ball’s life and achievements up to his tragic death at Suvla Bay in September 1915, shedding new light on his contribution to Irish horticulture as well as his time as a soldier. It is also the story of Fred Ball’s relationship with Alice Lane, the youngest daughter of a well to do Anglo-Irish family, who was the love of his life. They were married in Dublin in December 1914, just after Fred had joined up.
The author, Alice’s grandson, discovered among his mother’s papers a small metal box containing over 100 letters that Fred wrote to Alice between 1911 and 1914. These letters, combined with further research in libraries and archives in Ireland and England, provide a captivating account of Fred Ball’s life in the Victorian and Edwardian worlds of which he was a part. Richly illustrated with historical photographs, Charles Frederick Ball offers a moving testament to a life tragically cut short.
“…a fascinating story, beautifully told. And what a wonderful collection of photographs.” ~Jeff Kildea, author of "Anzacs and Ireland"
“…excellent...a really valuable reference...It is a sad though exciting story.” ~Seamus O’Brien, Head Gardener, National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh