Captain Albert Ball VC DSO MC, Nottingham born First World War fighter Ace, was remembered during a service of remembrance at the Memorial to him in the grounds of Nottingham Castle on the anniversary of disappearance.The annual parade and service is held on the 7th May with a two minute silence observed at 8pm. One hundred and sixty cadets from the Nottingham squadrons of the Air Training Corps surrounded the memorial that was ringed by the banners of the Royal Air Force Association, the Royal British Legion and the Polish Air Force and the Air Training Corps.
The Vicar of the Lenton Parish Church, the Reverend Martin Kirkbride, led the service paying tribute to Captain Ball, who worshipped at the Lenton church, and also to those who now make the ultimate sacrifice in today’s conflicts.
After the service Squadron Leader Carl Wilson RAFVRT, led the parade on a March Past with the salute being taken by the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Dez Wilson and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Colonel Roger Merryweather. No 138 (1st Nottingham) Squadron, custodians of Captain Ball’s Sword, had the honour of being the lead squadron.
Both the Lord Mayor and the Lord Lieutenant inspected the cadets on the Castle Green. Squadron Leader Andy Pass, deputising for the Officer Commanding South and East Midlands Wing, praised the cadets for their smart turn out and thanked them for giving up their time on a Bank Holiday Monday.