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Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:56 am
I am looking for some definite records about one of my Great, Great Uncles, Frederick Ward, son of Charles Ward and Hannah Baldwin.
He was born in London in about 1884/5 in the Islington.
He fought during WWI and there is a family rumour that he was shot and killed in 1818 in the Jerusalem/Palestine area, at the Armistice.
I believe he could have been fighting for the Egyptian Expeditionary Force, I did find a record for a Frederick Ward, killed in March to May time and he was part of one of the London troops which would place him slightly before the Armistice, but I can't find anything for definite due to the amount of Fred Wards fighting in WWI - the results were very overwhelming in numbers!
Any help would be great!
Sat Oct 20, 2012 2:40 pm
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (Debt of Honour) website lists a Frederick Ward (son of Mrs Agnes Ward of Brixton Road, London), Private number 614287 of 'B' Company, 2nd/19th Battalion of the London Regiment who died on 3 April 1918 and who is buried in the Ramleh War Cemetery. Although it was before the Armistice on 11 November 1918 it may be (I am not that familiar with the situation in Palestine in 1918) but they may have stopped fighting there at an earlier date. I am confident this is your ancestor. There shoud be a War Diary at The National Archives (TNA) at Kew but they are digitising all of the War Diaries for 2014 but some may already be on-line, but it is best to contact TNA to see if the War Diary will be available.
Sat Oct 20, 2012 2:47 pm
The War Diary for 2/19 Battalion of the London Regiment is document WO 95/4670 at The National Archives and has not yet been digitised.
Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:10 pm
Charles and Hannah Ward were my great grandparents.
I have copies of letters written to Mrs Ward in December 1917 referring to the death of her husband "during the final advance towards Jerusalem". The letters are headed "2/19th London Regt. E. E. F."
He fell on the morning of the 8th December.
I also have a copy of The War Illustrated, 15th February 1918 with a photograph of Capt. F. Ward London Regt.
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