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William Alfred Ward

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 43), Page: 35 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 2 (Roll 43), Page: 35 - No known copyright restrictions


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Alfred AWMM
  • Surname
    Ward AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 28565 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 March 1886 AWMM CliftonSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs W.A. Ward (wife), care of Mrs Taylor, Poroporo, Masterton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Married/WWI AWMM
    Margaret Ann Ward (nee Humphries) at Charlton on 15 July 1914. One daughter Margaret Ruth Ward was born on the 15 June 1915 at Gore. AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Messines AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 28565 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 27 June 1916 AWMM
    Age 30 AWMM
    Cheese maker/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • William Ward was the son of Benjamin and Mary Ann Ward (nee Lys), of Ruahine Southland, New Zealand; husband of Margaret Ann Ward, of "Malton," Wyndham, lnvercargill. The sixth of seven children, two of his brothers also served in the First World War, another two Thomas and John Nicholas Ward attempted to enlist but were turned down on medical grounds, Nick having lost five fingers through saw-milling mishaps; and Thomas having lost his right leg when he slipped and fell under the steam engine used to pull logs out of the forest (about 1900).

      New Zealand at the Front ( a magazine written and published and illustrated in France by men of the New Zealand Division) 1917 issue, page141. Some H Company sailed on the Willochra AWMM
    • William Alfred Ward

      William Alfred Ward was born on 27 March 1886, at Clifton, New Zealand. He was the sixth of seven children born to Benjamin Ward, a sawyer and Mary Ann Ward (née Lys).

      William worked for a time for his father in the sawmilling industry, then trained as a cheesemaker. On enlistment, his occupation is given as Cheesemaker, working for the Glen Oroua Dairy Company, Kaimatarau (in the Wairarapa). He had won many awards for his cheeses.

      William married Margaret Ann Humphries on 15 July 1914 in Charlton. Their first child, Margaret Ruth Ward, was born on 10 June 1915 at Gore, New Zealand.

      William’s army medical examination took place almost a year later on 6 May 1916. His age is recorded as 30 years; height: 5 feet 5 inches; weight: 138 lbs; chest: 36–39 inches; complexion: medium; eyes: hazel; hair: brown; religion: Church of England. Under ‘Distinctive marks’, it is noted that he had lost the middle finger of his right hand. It is also noted that he had never been absent from work owing to illness.

      William was called up on 26 June 1916 and enlisted in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force at Palmerston North. He was posted the same day to ‘H’ Company, 18th Reinforcements, 2nd Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade, Trentham Camp, with the rank of Private. After three months training, William embarked for England on HMNZT 66: Willochra on 16 October 1916, disembarking at Plymouth on 29 December 1916. He was attached to company strength at Sling Camp, England, on 30 December 1916 with the rank of Rifleman.

      On 11 February 1917, the company marched out for France and were attached to company strength, Etaples, on 13 February 1917. William was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade, on the front line on 21 May 1917 and was posted to ‘C’ Company in the field. He was killed in action 17 days later, on Thursday 7 June 1917, the first day of the Battle of Messines. He was 31.

      William Alfred Ward is commemorated at the Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial to the Missing. This memorial is located within Messines Ridge British Cemetery, 9½ km south of Ypres on the Nieuwkerkestraat, a road leading from the Rijselseweg (N365), which connects Ypres to the villages of Wytschaete, Messines, and Armentières.

      Sadly, William’s daughter, Margaret Ruth Ward, died on 4 September 1917 in Masterton of laryngitis and heart failure. She was two years old. Margaret Ann Ward’s last known address was care of Mrs C. Humphries, ‘Malton’, Wyndham, Invercargill (19 October 1921). Public - Michael - Other relative - 15 February 2016 - William Alfred Ward, Military Personnel File; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Births, Deaths and Marriages, New Zealand. William Alfred Ward was a brother of my grandfather, Thomas Ward. See also: George Benjamin Ward; Benjamin Ward
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About death

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  • Death
    7 June 1917 AWMM
    Age 31 AWMM
    BelgiumEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Messines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium AWMM
    • Glen Oroua School, Couper Road, Manawatu, Horowhenua AWMM

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15 February 2016MichaelBrisbane, AustraliaOther relative

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