WARD Joseph Henry
Regiment : 1st/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 5087
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Died of wounds aged 21 on 7th November 1916
Buried : Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France, Grave IV. B. 10.
Birthplace : Born and enlisted Redditch, Worcestershire
Relatives : Son of Mrs J. Ward, 12 Silver St., Redditch
Memorial : Redditch War Memorial
12 Silver Street, Redditch
Julia Ward, head, age 43, widow,
Harry Ward, son, age 17, fish hook maker
May Ward, daughter, age 13
Florrie Ward, daughter, age 10
Harry Ward enlisted in the Worcestershire Regiment on 6th December 1915 at Redditch. On his attestation paper he gave his age as 21 years 11 months, his place of birth as Redditch and his occupation as an entrenching tool maker. His next of kin was his mother, Julia Ward, 12 Silver Street, Redditch. He remained on Home Service until 2nd August 1916 when he embarked at Southampton bound for Rouen, France. He joined his unit in the field on 21st August 1916. On 5th November 1916 he was wounded in action and admitted to a Casualty Clearing Station with a gunshot wound to his right thigh. Harry died from his wounds 2 days later on 7th November 1916, just 3 months after he had arrived in France.
NB – There is no record of the birth of a Harry Ward in the Bromsgrove Registration District between 1890 and 1899. The birth of a Joseph Henry Ward is registered in the March Quarter 1894 under the Bromsgrove Registration District (which covers Redditch). There are also birth registrations in this district for his two sisters, May and Florence in the years relevant to their ages given on the 1911 census. Julia was not a widow on the 1891 census, the death of a Thomas Ward aged 41 is registered in the December Quarter 1905 under the Bromsgrove Registration District and I suspect this may be her husband/Harry’s father. I therefore believe that Joseph Henry Ward was known as, and used, the forename Harry rather than his birth name of Joseph but for reasons unknown, his ‘official name’ is the one recorded on the war memorial. There are no Joseph Henry Ward casualties from the Great War that appear to have a connection with Redditch.