Nottingham City Transport has unveiled its 24th named bus – Albert Ball VC – 101 years to the day he died in action, during World War I on 7th May 1917.
The unveiling took place near his home on Lenton Road, where the Lord Mayor of Nottingham and members of Albert’s family unveiled a Nottingham Civic Society plaque in his honour in front of invited guests, including representatives from the Armed Forces and the four-legged Mercian Regimental Mascot, Private Derby XXXII.
Born and raised in Nottingham, Albert joined the Sherwood Foresters at the outbreak of the First World War and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in October 1914. He transferred to the Royal Flying Corps the following year and flew reconnaissance missions before being posted in May that year to a fighter unit.
He accrued many aerial victories, earning three Distinguished Service Orders, the Military Cross and the Victoria Cross. He was the first ace to become a British national hero and was tragically killed in action on May 7th, 1917, aged 20
Anthony Carver-Smith, NCT Marketing Manager commented, “In the centenary year since the end of World War I, we are honoured to have been asked to name a bus in memory of Albert Ball VC. He was a true Nottingham hero, who played such an important role during the First World War and it is vital we remember and honour Albert and all others who fought for their country”.
Albert Ball is third member of the military to have a bus named in their honour by Nottingham City Transport, with Sean Upton and Kieron Hill – who both died on duty in Afghanistan in 2009 – also remembered with their own bus.