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Walter Edwin WARD

Regimental number2687
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
AddressCanterbury, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, A J Ward, Newhamville, Chaucer Crescent, Canterbury, Victoria
Enlistment date17 May 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 26 August 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 25 January 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry on the 23rd day of August, 1918, at HERLEVILLE WOOD. During the advance, when his platoon Officer had been wounded, this N.C.O. showed great courage and resource in leading his men forward against strong machine gun fire. On one occasion at HERLEVILLE WOOD NO. 3, when his men were temporarily held up he went forward with a party and captured the two hostile Machine Guns which were causing the casualties to his men. Later on in the day, he with two men under very heavy rifle fire, crept froward and succeeded in capturing thee enemy Machine Guns and twenty prisoners. He proved himself a skilful and fearless leader.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death2 January 1967
Place of burialSpringvale Cemetery

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