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Surname: WARD

Forename(s): John

Place of Birth: Skipton, Yorkshire

Service No: 235305

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 2nd Battalion

Division: 30th Division

Age: 38

Date of Death: 1918-03-21

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 31 and 32.

CWGC Cemetery: ---

CWGC Memorial: POZIERES MEMORIAL

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

John Ward was the son of John and Margaret Ward, née Stott and brother of Private James Ward (12842) (q.v.).

1881 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 36, Cumberland Street - John Ward, aged under 1 year, born Skipton, son of John and Margaret Ward.

1891 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 36, Cumberland Street - John Ward, aged 11 years, born Skipton, son of John and Margaret Ward.

1901 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 18, Cross Street - John Ward, aged 21 years, born Skipton, son of Margaret Ward, widow.

John was married to Mary Jane Hornsby in 1910.

1911 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 22, Pendle Street - John Ward, aged 31 years, born Skipton, husband of Mary Jane Ward.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John Ward, 8946, West Riding Regiment & 235305, Yorkshire Regiment.

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

WARD, J, Yorkshire Regiment, 52, High Street, Skipton, killed in action Mar. 21, 1918.

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Private John WARD

Private John WARD

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 30th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 30th Division

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Surname: WARD

Forename(s): John

Born: Skipton, Yorkshire

Residence:

Enlisted: Skipton, Yorkshire

Number: 235305

Rank: Private

Regiment: Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Battalion: 2nd Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 1918-03-21

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes: Formerly 8946, West Riding Regiment

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Surname: WARD

Forename(s): John

Nationality: United Kingdom

Service Number: 235305

Rank: Private

Regiment: Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own)

Unit: 2nd Battalion

Age: 38

Awards:

Died Date: 1918-03-21

Additional Information: Husband of Mary Jane Ward, of 62, Newmarket St., Skipton, Yorks.

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Private John Ward

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19 April 1918

Private J. Ward, Skipton

To the Skipton Roll of Honour has also been added the name of Private J. Ward, Yorkshire Regiment, whose wife lives at 52 High Street, Skipton. Formerly a warehouseman in the employ of Bentley’s Yorkshire Breweries Ltd., he was a past Grandmaster of the Travellers’ Friend Lodge, Skipton. Thirty-eight years of age, he enlisted in December 1916.

Second Lieutenant J. E. Hibbert, in a letter to Mrs. Ward, states that Private Ward was killed in action on March 21st and that his death is a great loss to his Company. He adds:– “His comrades join me in offering you our heartfelt sympathies and hope that the knowledge that he died at his post, fighting for his country and dear ones against overwhelming odds, will be some consolation to you in your great loss.”

Private M. Sharp has also written a letter of sympathy to Mrs. Ward, in which he speaks of her husband as “a good soldier and a good chum, and willing to help a mate who was in a worse position than himself.”

26 April 1918

WARD – Killed in action in France, 21st March, 1918, Private John Ward, aged 38 years, 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, and eldest son of the late Mr. John Ward, milk dealer, and of Mrs. Ward, 24 Pembroke Street, Skipton.

21 March 1919

WARD – In loving memory of a dear husband and father, Private John Ward, 2nd Yorkshire Regiment, who was reported killed in action March 21st, 1918, in his 38th year.

“May he rest in peace.”

It may be a soldier’s honour
To die for his country’s cause,
But we cannot see the glory
When we have lost our dear Father and all.

Frorn his Wife and Children, 52 High Street, Skipton.

23 February 1923

ODDFELLOWS’ WAR MEMORIAL

UNVEILING CEREMONY AT A SKIPTON LODGE

OVER 200 WHO SERVED

There was a large attendance of local members of the Independent Order of Oddfellows at the Friendly Societies’ Hall, Skipton, on Saturday afternoon, on the occasion of the unveiling of a war memorial to the members of the Loyal Traveller’s Friend Lodge, I.O.O.F, M.U., who fell in the war.

The Memorial takes the form of a beautifully designed scroll within an oak frame with a glass front, the work of Mr. H. Spencer, junr., and it bears the inscription:–

LOYAL/TRAVELLER’S FRIEND LODGE,/SKIPTON DISTRICT ./I.O.O.F. ROLL OF HONOUR M.U./OF/THOSE MEMBERS OF THIS LODGE WHO FOUGHT FOR THEIR KING AND COUNTRY TO UPHOLD THE SACRED CAUSES OF BROTHERHOOD AND HUMANITY IN THE GREAT WAR, 1914–1918.

Below the inscription are the names of 173 members who served in the war, and of the 40 members who were killed. The names of the fallen occupy a central position on the scroll, and above them are the following words:–

IN MEMORIAM
OF THOSE WHO MADE THE
SUPREME SACRIFICE.
THEIR HEARTS ARE LIFTED UP
THEIR HEARTS
THAT HAVE FOREKNOWN
THE UTTER PRICE,
THEIR HEARTS BURN
UPWARD AS A FLAME
OF SPLENDOUR AND OF
SACRIFICE

The names of the fallen are as follows:– H. Armstrong, J.J. Brown, J. Barrett, Robt. Brown, W.W. Bell, A. Clayton, W.H. Coles, T.C. Chew, Tom Downes, T.M. Drummond, Jos. Emmott, Thos. Edmondson, J. Easterby, F. Gallagher, J.W. Garwood, G.E. Godwin, S.J. Hargreaves, M. Hargreaves, A. Hebden, J. Hebden, A. Hawkswell, T.E. Inman, M. Lund, R.C. [R.G.] Metcalfe, Hbt. Maudsley, Hy. Maudsley, A.J. Pimnock [Pinnock], H.Y. [Harry] Riley, T.W. Storey, J.H. Stewart, R. Spencer, J.W. Shuttleworth, Wm. Tempest, Hbt. Thompson, Fred Thornton, J.W. Varley, John Ward, J.A. Whittaker, J.W. Whittaker, and R.D. Whittaker.

The Unveiling Ceremony

The unveiling ceremony was presided over by Bro. Thos. Bellamy, and was performed by Bro. Amos Culpan, Prov. C.S., and a simple service included the singing of the hymns, ‘O God our help’ and Kipling’s Recessional, ‘God of our fathers,’ and the reading of a portion of Scripture, and the offering of a prayer by Bro. James Greenwood, of Bradford, and formerly of Skipton.

Bro. Bellamy observed that those members of the Lodge whom they were met to honour went into battle, suffered untold privations, and, in many cases, made the supreme sacrifice. They gave their lives in defence of their homes and their country. Further than that, they gave their lives for justice and freedom, and in order that we might live. It was the duty of Oddfellows, equally as much as other sections of the community, to do everything within their power to make the country better for that sacrifice. “In the time of our prosperity,” concluded Bro. Bellamy, “never let us forget those who served us in the time of our adversity.”

A Lesson of the War

Prior to unveiling the memorial, Bro. Culpan described the ceremony he had been asked to perform as one not unattended by sorrow. It was an occasion upon which one felt a desire to make their Order better for the sacrifice of its members, and to extend the true spirit of brotherhood. In nearly 4,000 of their Lodges they would find a roll of honour. Over 22,000 of their members made the supreme sacrifice, and thousands of others were ruined and shattered in health and without prospects for the future. Each and all of them ought to perform some daily service that would make the sacrifice of those men worth while. One result of the terrible ordeal of 1914 to 1918 was the creation of a better feeling between men, and a desire to break down the class barriers that formerly existed. That was one of the great lessons of the war.

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19 April 1918

CRAVEN AND THE WAR

Private J. Ward Killed in Action

Mrs. Ward, of 52, High Street, Skipton, has received information that her husband. Pte. J. Ward, of the Yorkshire Regiment, was killed in action on March 21st. Second-Lieut. J.V. Hibbert in a letter to Mrs. Ward, states:– “I can assure you that your husband’s death is a great loss to his company. His comrades join me in offering you our heartfelt sympathies, and hope that the knowledge that he died at his post fighting for his country and dear ones against overwhelming odds, will be some consolation to you in you great loss.” A pal of Pte. Ward’s, who is at present in the 2nd Northern General Hospital, Leeds, also writes:– “I received news this morning of your loss, and I feel it my duty as a fellow who spent time training at Clipstone and a few months in France side by side of your husband, to offer you my sympathy. Your husband was a good chum and always willing to help a mate who was in a worse position than himself. But you know we have lost a lot of good men in this great conflict, and God only knows what the people are suffering, and I hope and trust that He will soon judge the people who He thinks are fighting for Him, and that we shall soon have peace on earth.” Pte. Ward, who was 38 year of age, enlisted in November, 1916. He was formerly employed in the warehouse of Bentley’s Yorkshire Breweries Ltd., High Street, Skipton, and. Prior to enlisting was Grand Master of the Travellers’ Friend Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows.

26 April 1918

WARD – Killed in action, Pte. John Ward, 38 years of age, eldest son of the late Mr. John Ward, milk dealer, and of Mrs. Ward, of 24, Pembroke Street, Skipton, Yorkshire Regiment, killed in France 21st March, 1918.

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