Private/Lieutenant Albert Ward

Private/Lieutenant Albert Ward

Born outwood, Wakefield, 1895.

Died of Wounds. France, 28/6/1918, Aged 22 years.

Albert Ward was living with his parents James and Ann ward at leemoor, Stanley, Nr Wakefield when he enlisted in November 1914, he joined the Army Service Corps as a private soldier and after training served with them in Egypt and France.

He returned to England in June 1917 for officer training receiving his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant on the 29th September 1917, he had also taken the opportunity before posting to marry his fiancé Florence, they took a small house at 32, Pinderfields Road, Outwood, Wakefield, before he returned to France to serve with the Pals, until his death nine months later.

On the 28th of June 1918 at 2:30am the Pals moved into the forward trenches, they were part of the divisional attack (Operation Borderland) on La Becque Farm timed to start at 6am later that morning, after a heavy supporting mortar and artillery bombardment the Farm was successfully captured.

2nd Lt Albert Ward was one of four pals officers that died of wounds that day. He is Remembered with honour in Cinq Rues British Cemetery, Hazebruck, France.

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