Friday, September 9, 2016

Arthur Ward

Arthur Ward was killed in the field, 100 years ago to the day.

The Ward family resided at Virginia where twelve children were born to William and Mary Ann. Two sons enlisted to fight in WWI, Sidney George and Arthur. Sidney returned home, Arthur did not. 

Arthur was born on the 7 December 1885 at Virginia. In 1905 he moved to New Zealand working as a driver at Tokamaru district. He joined the New Zealand Maori Pioneer Battalion on 23 August 1915. Leaving Australia at the end of January 1916, he arrived in France in April. It was five months later that he was killed in the field on 9 September 1916. 

He is buried in Fricourt New Military cemetery in the Somme.

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