Thomas William Ward

Name

Thomas William Ward

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

28/07/1918
34

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
15563
Royal Sussex Regiment
13th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

POZNAN OLD GARRISON CEMETERY
I. C.12.
Poland

UK Memorials

Waterford Village War Memorial
Roll of Honour, St Michael’s & All Angels Church, Waterford.

Pre War

Thomas was born on the 12th October 1883, in Hatfield. The son of Joseph Ward and Jane Isabella Ward (nee Dagleish). The youngest of four children. The 1891 census records Thomas aged 7, at school, living with his widowed mother, brother David 13, and sisters Eleanor 11 and Margaret 9, in Waterford, Herts. In 1901 he was still living at home with his widowed mother and brother David, in Waterford, Herts. His occupation was a Plumber. By 1911 Census records him as single, living in Waterford, Herts. With his widowed mother. His occupation is given as a Plumber Lead Builder.

Wartime Service

Thomas enlisted in Hertford. Initially he was posted to the 2nd/1st Battalion, Hertfordshire Regiment, with the service number 2513, (some records have it as 2825). Later he was transferred to the Royal Sussex Regiment, with the service number 15563, serving with the 11th, 12th & 13th Battalions. Thomas died of wounds in a German Prisoner of war camp. He is buried in Poznan Old Garrison Cemetery, Poland. Poznan was part of Greater Germany during WW1.

Additional Information

CWGC records him as the “Son of Joseph and Jane Ward, of Waterford, Hertford”. The inscription on his Headstone Reads: “Peace Perfect Peace”. Requested by: Mrs J. Ward, Waterford, Herts.

Acknowledgments

Malcolm Lennox, Stuart Osborne