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Philip Henry WARD

Regimental number1843
Date of birth13 August 1895
Place of birthIpswich, England
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 5.5"
Weight126 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Annie Naylor, 19 Pottery Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Enlistment date29 January 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name3rd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/20/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 17 March 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 December 1918

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on 9th August, 1915, at Lone Pine (Dardanelles). During a strong counter attack by the enemy, he, with the greatest coolness and bravery, mounted the parapet under a heavy and continuous fire in order to bring more effective fire on the enemy. His gallant conduct set a fine example and materially contributed to encourage the men of his section in repelling the attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 28
Date: 24 February 1916

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 174
Date: 11 October 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Taken on strength, 3rd Bn, Gallipoli, 31 May 1915.

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal.

Disembarked Alexandria, 29 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 22 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, france, 28 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 26 July 1916 (gun shot wound, chest: severe), and admitted to 9th General Hospital, Rouen; transferred to England, 26 July 1916, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, 28 July 1916; discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 28 September 1916; granted furlough, 30 September 1916; marched in to No 1 Command Depot, from furlough, 20 October 1916.

Found guilty, 20 October 1916, of being absent without leave from 3 pm, 16 October, till 4 pm, 19 October 1916: admonished, and forfeited 4 days' pay.

Found guilty, 10 January 1917, of being absent without leave from midnight, 26 December 1916, to midnight, 4 January 1917: awarded 9 days' detention, and forfeited 23 days' pay.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 February 1917; rejoined 3rd Bn, in the field, 14 March 1917.

Promoted Corporal, 20 April 1917.

Awarded Military Medal.

Detached to 1st Australian Division School, 12 May 1917; rejoined Bn, 14 June 1917.

Appointed Lance Sergeant, 18 July 1917.

Detached to 1st Brigade Musketry Class, 23 August 1917; rejoined Bn from detachment, 4 September 1917.

On leave to Paris, 16 September 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 22 September 1917.

Promoted Sergeant, 27 September 1917.

To hospital, 1 October 1917, and admitted to 17th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 39th General Hospital, Havre, 3 October 1917; discharged to duty, 27 October 1917; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 27 days; rejoined Bn, 20 November 1917.

Admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, 8 December 1917 (scabies); transferred same day to 20th General Hospital, Camiers; to Base Depot, 13 December 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, 26 December 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 19 January 1918; detached for duty with 1st Training Bn, England, on expiration of leave, 2 February 1918.

Admitted to Isolation Hospital, 20 February 1918 (sscabies); marched in to 1st Training Bn from hospital, 5 March 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Orontes', 20 December 1918; disembarked Sydney, 1 February 1919; discharged, Sydney, 9 April 1919.

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death18 September 1964
Place of burialEastern Suburbs Memorial Park Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, WARD Philip Henry

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