Cecil Leonard Ward

Date of birth:                     1896
Place of birth:                   Freemantle, Southampton
Service No.:                       1591
Rank:                                    Private
Regiment / Division:      Hampshire Regiment
Battalion:                            1/4th (T.F.) Battalion
Died:                                      1st January 1916 aged 19 years
Death Location:                Mesopotamia

Life before the War
Cecil was born 1896 in Freemantle, Southampton to parents Charles and Nancy Minnie, nee Pike, who married on 3rd March 1883 in Southampton. He had 8 siblings:

Alice Maud Mary                       b.6th March 1883
Harry Charles                              b.1884
Arthur Ernest                              b.1887
Harold Frederick                       b.18th September 1890
Charles Walter                            b.1893
Grace Elizabeth Caroline        b.1895
John (aka Jack) Randolph     b.1899
Kate Teresa I                               b.1902

In 1901 the family were living at 22 Elgin Road, Shirley, Southampton.  Charles was working as a Boiler Maker for Ships.

By 1911 the family had moved to 9 Dudley Terrace, Foundry Lane, Shirley.  Charles was still a Boiler Maker.

Brother John Randolph’s War Service

National Roll of Honour
“Ward, J. R., Air Mechanic, R.A.F.
He joined in April 1918, and on completing his training in September of the same year was drafted to the Western front. There he was engaged on duties of a highly technical nature in various sectors until April 1919, when he returned home, and was demobilized. He holds the General Service and Victory Medals.
35, Testwood Road, Millbrook, Hants”

War Service 

On the 21st January 1916 Cecil was killed in action and is Remembered with Honour on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.

Soldiers who died in the Great War:

Name:                                    Cecil Leonard Ward
Birth Place:                         Freemantle, Southampton
Residence:                           Millbrook, Hants
Death Date:                         1 Jan 1916
Death Location:                 Mesopotamia
Enlistment Location:      Southampton
Rank:                                     Private
Regiment:                            Hampshire Regiment
Battalion:                             1/4th (T.F.) Battalion
Number:                               1591
Type of Casualty:             Killed in action
Theatre of War:                Asiatic Theatres

National Roll of the Great War
“Ward, C. L., Private, 1/4th Hampshire Regiment.
He volunteered in August 1914, and shortly afterwards proceeded to the East. There he was engaged on garrison duties at various stations in India and later was transferred to the Persian Gulf, where, after taking part in much severe fighting, he was killed in action in January 1916. He was entitled to the 1914 – 1915 Star, and the General Service and Victory Medals.
35, Testwood Road, Millbrook, Hants”

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