William Ward

William Ward     (see also James Ward, his brother)

CWGC record:

WARD, W Private 2153 27/03/1915 24 Cheshire Regiment United Kingdom H. 60. KEMMEL CHATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY

Brother of Walter Ward of 3 New Terrace, Helsby, Warrington

 

 

1911:  At No. 4 Railway Cottage, Mouldsworth:

 

John William Ward     Head  46     Plate layer                              born       Elton Cheshire

Sarah  Ward                   Wife   44                                                                               Kelsall

William Ward               Son    19      Porter-lampman                                    Chester

With Railway Company

James Henry Ward    Son    17      Tyre Builder                                              Kelsall

Walter Ward               Son    11                                                                                  Mouldsworth

Elizabeth Ethel Ward Dau     8                                                                                Mouldsworth

Sarah Ann Ward         Dau     7                                                                                  Mouldsworth

 

 

Cheshire Observer 17 April 1915:

‘We regret to announce that intimation has been received that Pte William Ward No. 2153 of the 5th (Earl of Chester’s) Batt, Cheshire Regiment has been killed in action. It is understood that he was hit in the stomach and met his death on March 27th. Deceased was popular in his company, was a porter at Mouldsworth Station until he answered the call for mobilization. For four years he worked at Frodsham…….When Capt Jolliffe raised the men at Kelsall deceased was among the early ones to join. He was unmarried, and is survived by a widowed mother, two brothers and two sisters, with whom much sympathy will be felt’

 

His father died in 19131

 

All the details in the above newspaper report fit with those in the 1911 census (as above)

 

Medal Rolls card:

First served in France 15.2.1915    Killed in Action 27.3.1915

He was awarded the Victory medal, British War medal, and 1914-15 Star

No other military records have been found

 

Plaque in his memory2:

William Ward: born May 23rd 1891, Private 1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment, ‘member of the Sunday School’, killed in action at Neuve Chappel March 27th 1915, ‘erected by scholars and friends’

 

He is buried at Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery which is 5 miles south of Ypres

 

NOTES

  • Father’s death: John W Ward, aged 48 June Q 1913 (Chester 8a 446)
  • Plaque preserved at the Albion Inn, Chester (see Appendix)
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