Arthur WARD

WARD, Arthur

Service Numbers: 2453, 2453A
Enlisted: 16 December 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Boor Plains, Near Kadina, South Australia, 18 March 1886
Home Town: Watervale, South Australia
Schooling: Public School Watervale
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, Bullicourt, France, 11 April 1917, aged 31 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
His name is located at panel 147 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France), Virginia District WW1 Roll of Honor, Watervale Public School Roll of Honour WW1, Watervale War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

16 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2453, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
9 Mar 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2453, 32nd Infantry Battalion, RMS Mongolia, Adelaide
9 Mar 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2453, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2453A, 48th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)
Date unknown: Involvement 48th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography

Born 18 March 1886 at Boor Plains, near Kadina, South Australia.
(SA Birth Record  1842 - 1906 Book: 370 Page: 481 District: Dal.

Father William Ward  (b. ___ - d. 15/12/1934  82 years) and
Mother Elizabeth Ward (nee Dunlop)  (b. ___ - d. 6/6/1931 78 years),
prior to enlisting he lived with his parents at Watervale, South Australia

Siblings:
Sister              Alice Ward - (b. 8/10/1874 Wakefield, SA - d. ____)
                      (1842 - 1906 Book: 142 Page: 131 District: UpW.)

Brother           William Ward - (b. 28/6/1877 Hd of Kadina, SA - d. ___)
                       (1842 - 1906 Book: 188 Page: 483 District: Dal.)

Brother          James Ward - (b. 29/11/1879 Boor Plains, near Kadina SA - d. ___)
                      (1842 - 1906 Book: 233 Page: 215 District: Dal.)

Brother          Sidney Ward - (b. 13/5/1881 Boor Plains, near Kadina SA - d. 15/6/1883)
                      (1842 - 1906 Book: 265 Page: 311 District: Dal.)
                       buried in Watervale Cemetery

Brother           Walter Ward - (b. 17/1/1883 Boor Plains, near Kadina, SA - d. 13/8/1883)
                       (1842 - 1906 Book: 297 Page: 385 District: Dal.)
                       buried in Watervale Cemetery

himself           Arthur Ward - (b. 18/3/1886 Boor Plains, Near Kadina, SA
                                              - d. 11/4/1917 Bellicourt, France)

TWIN brother  Victor Ward  - (b. 3/12/1888 near Auburn SA - d. 22/3/1956)
                       (1842 - 1906 Book: 429 Page: 263 District: UpW.)
                       buried in Watervale Cemetery

TWIN brother  Oliver Ward - (b. 3/12/1888 in near Auburn, SA - d. 1961)
                        (1842 - 1906 Book: 429 Page: 263 District: UpW.)
                       buried in Watervale Cemetery

Brother           Morris Dunlop Ward (b. 5/10/1890 near Watervale SA - d. 29/9/1959)
                       (1842 - 1906 Book: 467 Page: 375 District: UpW.)
                       buried in Watervale Cemetery

Sister              Beatrice Stella Ward - (b. 16/6/1893 in Watervale, SA - d. ___)
                      (1842 - 1906 Book: 524 Page: 25 District: UpW.) 
    had a son:   Ronald Ward  (b. 22/12/1913 in Adelaide, SA)
                       unrecorded father - Mother stated as Stella Beatrice Ward
                       (1907 - 1928, Book : 926 Page : 59 District : Ade.)

Next of kin in service:
brother    977  Private Oliver Ward - 10th Infantry Battalion
                enlisted
                embarked
                30/4/1915 gun shot wound to left shoulder in Gallipoli
                5/7/1915   returned to Australia

nephew   SX18445 Lance Corporal Ronald Ward (WWII)
                born 22/12/1913 Adelaide SA - d. 15/10/1994  80 years old)
                5/5/1942   enlisted in Adelaide, SA
                14/1/1946  discharged from service in AIF, WWII
                buried in Watervale Cemetery

Described on enlisting as 26 years 9 months old; single; 5' 6" tall; 140 lbs;
dark complexion; brown eyes; dark hair; Presbyterian

16/12/1915   enlisted in Adelaide, South Australia
                    completed medical - fit for service

4/1/1916      Commanding Officer appointed Arthur to A Company, 2nd Depot,
                    at Adelaide Camp

9/3/1916      embarked from Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide on board RMS Mongolia
                    as a Private with 4th reinforcements, 32nd Infantry Battalion, 8th Infantry Brigade

19/4/1916    taken on strength into 48th Battalion at Seapeum

2/6/1916      embarked on board HMT Caledonia, ex Alexandria
9/6/1916      disembarked into Marseilles, France

Alotted letter "A" behind service number (2453A), owing to duplication of Reg.No.

In Bullecourt, France.

11/4/1917     reported "Missing in Action" 

29/12/1917   court of enquiry (in the field) - now states was killed in action 11/4/1917

11/4/1917    killed in action at Bullecourt, France (31 years old)
                   NO KNOWN GRAVE

                   Commemorated at Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

His name is located at panel 147 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial,
Canberra, ACT.

His name is also commemorated at his family grave at the Watervale Cemetery, Watervale, SA. 

Medals:
British War medal (33984); Victory medal (33743); Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll
(340945).

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  23/5/2015.  Lest we forget.

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