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If you're visiting Nottingham's historic Nottingham Castle, then you have a perfect opportunity to pay tribute to one of the cities heroes from times gone by. Albert Ball was a WWI pilot, who answered his countries call in 1914 when Britain declared war on Germany. At the age of 18, Albert was taking to the skies to fight the enemy. He had a natural ability for flying aircraft and in 1915 he paid for flying lessons out of his own money so that he could join the Royal Flying Corps.
Albert recorded 44 victories against Germany, and it is believed that there were many more that were not recorded. During his military career, Albert was awarded the Military Cross and the Distinguished Service Order and two bars and was the first member of the British Army to receive this recognition he later became a triple DSO - the first person to ever achieve such a feat. He was also made an Honourary Freeman of Nottingham.
Albert Ball's final flight was in May 1917, when he was part of a flying patrol. He crashed and died at the scene, although the cause of his crash has never been truly identified. After his death, Albert received the Victoria Cross, and the medal was presented to his family officially by King George V in Nottingham's Old Market Square in July of the same year.
The statue is a fitting tribute to Nottingham's flying hero, and he has gone down in folklore as one of Nottingham's true heroes. The statue was erected in 1921 and has stood in the Castle grounds ever since.
If you want to find out more on Captain Albert Ball as well as other military heroes from Nottingham then visit our War Heroes page.
Selected dates between Friday 7 July and Friday 1 September 2017 Nottingham Castle will once again...0 miles away
Nottingham Castle cave tours: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm Taking place everyday when the castle is...0 miles away
VENUE: Canalhouse, 48 - 52 Canal Street, Nottingham, NG1 7EH
TIME: 8pm (Doors open 7...0.02 miles away
Saturdays from the first in January to the first in December at 7.00pm – without doubt the most...0.03 miles away
1st May Venue: Nottingham Castle
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1st April - 18th April, 10am-5pm Venue: Nottingham Castle
Help King Arthur and his Knights...0.06 miles away
Friday 7 April and Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 May 2017 at 1pm
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Strangers Not Allowed On This Works Nottingham Castle Gallery 25 March – 7 May 2017
Examining...0.06 miles away
Wednesday 1 March - Monday 17 July 2017
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Saturday 28 January - Sunday 14 May 2017
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Saturday 26 - Bank Holiday Monday 28 August 2017
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Saturday 27 - Bank Holiday Monday 29 May 2017
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Saturday 11 - Sunday 19 November 2017
Jurassic Kingdom is a spectacular outdoor dinosaur...0.11 miles away
‘Nottingham October – The UK’s Festival City’
11th to 14th October 2017
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Saturday 8th April 2017, 10am
During this one-day workshop we will look at a variety...0.14 miles away
Wednesday 5th July 2017
Special Tour Show
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