The Most Exciting Day in the Life of Col.M Goodeve-Ballard
My Grandpa, Col.M Goodeve- Ballard was born in Carshalton, near Sutton in Surrey.
My Grandpa was an officer in the British Army for 36 years and did many jobs in that time, as he was posted every two years. During that time, he served in 5 countries. The countries were West Germany, Cyprus , Korea, Australia and, of course, Great Britain.
My Grandpa's ancestors, on both his mother and father's sides were mainly farmers although from about 1800 until 1906, quite a few BALLARDS were hotelkeepers. My Grandpa's dad's side of the family, the BALLARDS lived in Kent( Cranbrook, Sittingbourne and Ramsgate) and in Sussex (Chichester) and his mother's family, the SNELLS, lived in Devon, Dorset and Somerset, mainly around Axminster
The most exciting day in any Army officer's life is the day he takes command of soldiers for the first time. At the age of 20 ,Grandpa was commissioned as a National Service Officer and went off to Dortmund in West Germany . His very first job was to command about 35 soldiers in a troop of 4 self propelled anti- tank guns. The day he took over that troop from another young officer who was leaving the Army was a wonderful day.