1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Frederick Ward

Contributed by: Hilary Corfan, on 2008-11-05

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Rank
First Name Frederick
Surname Ward
Year of Birth 1888
Year of Death 1918
Regiment Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
Place of Wartime Residence Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire

Frederick's Story

Frederick was my Great Uncle and he was born in Beverley in 1888 and his mother Eliza died of consumption when he was only one year old. At the age of 26, he enlisted in the 5th Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment and was sent to France in April 1915.

they carried through a difficult operation with great gallantry and determination. General Rawlinson

At some point during his service he was transferred to the 1st Battalion of the Buffs (East Kent Regiment) and as part of Rawlinson's 4th Army they played a part in the decisive Allied advances on the Hindenburg Line in September 1918 which drove back the Germans and ultimately led to the Armistice. On 16th Sept 1918 they were at Trefcon in the Picardy region, preparing to take part in a great British advance on a 16 mile front NW of St Quentin.

Over 6000 German prisoners were taken, several guns were captured and the defences of the Hindenburg Line were stormed in many places. On the first day of the assault, 18th Sept, they received congratulatory messages from the Corps commanders who commended them for their gallantry, devotion to duty and determination in carrying through a difficult operation in trying circumstances. The 1st Battalion suffered over 150 casualties on this first day of action; one officer and 20 other ranks were killed including Frederick Ward.

He is buried with his comrades in Trefcon British Cemetery which is described as possibly the most beautiful cemetery anywhere on the Western Front. I was the first member of his family ever to visit his grave in Oct 1998, 80 years after his death.

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