Captain Albert Ball, Nottingham's "Flying Ace" was a volunteer member of the Robin Hoods and the Royal Flying Corps. He was killed in action in 1917, aged 20. Said to have shot down 43 enemy planes, Albert, a dedicated Christian, was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. His grave is in Annoeullin, France, but the family grave and his memorial stone are at Holy Trinity.
A living legacy survives in the Albert Ball Memorial Homes, built by his parents for the widows and mothers of those who had lost their lives. These homes can be seen with Lenton's war memorial at the corner of Church Street and Sherwin Road.