Private/2nd Lieutenant Alec Ward 15/943

Private/2nd Lieutenant Alec Ward
15/943

Born. Leeds, 1887.
Killed in action. 28/6/1918, Aged 31.

Alec Ward, a married man, living at 4 Ridgway Terrace, Delph Lane, Woodhouse, Leeds, was working for Messrs Chorley & Pickersgill a firm of printers in Leeds when war was declared.

He enlisted in the "Pals" 3/9/1914 and was given the rank of Lance Corporal with 16 Section, No 8 Platoon, B Coy, under the command of Captain Harold Smith M.C.

He served with the pals throughout their stay in Colsterdale, Egypt, and France.

On the 6th March 1917, Alec Ward was commissioned back into the "Pals", quite an unusual event at the time, especially after the trial commissioning of the rank and file into the same battalion earlier in the war. His promotion was probably due to the general shortage of junior officers in the "Pals" after they had been almost annihilated in the battle of the Somme.

The battalion War diary of June 1918 states:

"During the nights of the 27th/28th June 1918, north of La Becque, the 12th KO.Y.L.I., the Pioneer, battalion to the division dug trenches, and at 2:30am, on the 28th, the Leeds Pals arrived in their positions"

At zero hour, 6:00am, the artillery and trench mortars started their bombardments and the pals attacked. The attack was a complete success.
Sadly, not for Alec Ward!. He was killed in action, along with 2nd Lieutenant Albert Ward (not related) and two other original "Pals"

The Yorkshire Post of 3rd July 1918 reported:

"News as been received that Second Lieutenant Alec Ward of the West Yorkshire Regiment was killed in action on the Western front on 28th of June.He joined the Leeds "Pals" Battalion on its formation in September 1914. His widow is at present living at 10,Campdale Road,London"

Alec and Albert Ward are buried in Cinq Rues Cemetery, France.

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