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Donald Henry Charles Ward

Informations sur naissance

Date de naissance:
01/02/1898
Lieu de naissance:
Winchester, Hampshire, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni

Informations générales

Dernière résidence connue:
Winchester, Hampshire, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni

Informations service militaire

Pays:
Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
Force armée:
British Expeditionary Force
Rang:
Private
Numéro de service:
291033
Incorporation nom de lieu:
Winchester, Hampshire, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni
Unités:
 —  Devonshire Regiment, 9th Bn.  (Dernière unité connue)

Informations sur décès

Date de décès:
10/10/1917
Lieu de décès:
Jolting Houses, Beselare, Belgique
Cause du décès:
Killed in action (K.I.A.)
Âge:
19

Mémorial

Tyne Cot Memorial
Panneau: 39

Distinctions et médailles 2

British War Medal
Médaille
Victory Medal
Médaille

Points d'intérêt 4

#1 Lieu de naissance
#2 Dernière résidence connue
#3 Lieu d'enrôlement
#4 "Lieu de décès"

Mon histoire

Donald Henry Charles Ward was born on 1 February 1898 at Winchester, Hampshire, Engeland. He was the son of Charles and Caroline Ward. Donald enlisted at Winchester, Hampshire, Engeland. He served as a private in the 9th Bn. Devonshire Regiment, part of the 20th Brigade, of the 7th Division.

The 22nd Brigade planned an attack to improve front line near Polygon Wood that was captured the previous days. They would attack south, with the aim of capturing Juniper Cottage, Juniper Wood Judge Cottage and Judge Copse. For this purpose, the 9th Battalion Devonshire Regiment was temporarily attached to the 22nd Brigade and placed in reserve. They held north of Jetty Wood at first but later moved up to Jolting Trench, east of Jolting Houses. At 5:20 a.m. on 9 October 1917, the 22nd Brigade attacked. By 6:30 a.m. the objectives on the right had been taken, but German troops were still holding out at Judge Copse near Zwaanhoek. At 8:40 a.m. one company of the 9th Battalion Devonshire Regiment in reserve was sent up to fill a gap in the front line. After nightfall three platoons of this company attacked and captured Judge Copse. In the night between 9/10 October 1917 two companies of the 9th Devons were in reserve in Jolting Trench and one company held the line between Judge Copse and Zwaanhoek. On 10 October 1917 the area held by the 22nd Brigade was shelled, causing heavy casualties. Later that day the brigade and the 9th Devons were relieved.

Donald Ward, aged 19, was killed in action on October 10, 1917. It’s unclear if he was among the men at Jolting Houses or Judge Copse. He is commemorated on panel 39 of the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Sources 3

20 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 95/1654/5).
https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
Sources utilisées
22 Infantry Brigade: Headquarters (The National Archives, Kew (TNA), WO 95/1661/4).
https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
Sources utilisées
Note: the war diaries of the 9th Battalion Devonshire Regiment between January and December 1917 were lost.
Sources utilisées

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