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Ernest was born in 1897 the son of Thomas and Martha Alice Ward. In 1911 the family lived at The Firs Cottages, Lambley. Ernest had three siblings. The family moved from Lambley and went to live in Daybrook, residing at 121 Nottingham Road, Daybrook, Nottingham.
He was employed as a baker.
05 Mar 1917
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The Firs, Lambley,Nottinghamshire
5/6th Bn Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment)
He enlisted at Nottingham on 9th February 1914 and was posted to the reserves on 10th February 1916. On 3rd July 1917 he landed in Boulogne and then to Etaples and was posted into the field on 5th January 1917. By 23rd February 1917, the Germans had begun to withdraw to their newly-built defences on the Hindenburg line, some 20 miles behind the existing front which stretched from Arras to Soissons. The area between the old German front line and the new German positions were laid waste, the Germans destroyed towns, villages and lines of communications, they cut down forests and poisoned water supplies and by 5th April they had completed the move to their new positions. It was during this enemy withdrawal, which involved much fighting prolonged by the persistent and strong rearguard actions of the Germans, involving much enemy artillery fire, that Ernest was killed in action. Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
Nottingham Evening Post 2nd April 1917: 'WARD. – Killed in action, March 5th, Rifleman Ernest Ward, Royal Scots, aged 20, dearly-loved second son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Ward, Daybrook (late of Lambley). We never knew what pain he had, we never saw him die, we only know he passed away without a last good-bye. No loved one stood beside his grave to wish a last farewell. – From his sorrowing father, mother, sister, brother, and brother George (in France).' 'WARD. – Killed in action, March 5th, 1917, Rifleman Ernest Ward, of the Royal Scots. He sleeps not in his native land, but 'neath some foreign skies, far from those who loved him best, but in a hero's grave he lies. – From his sorrowing fiancée, Maggie.' 'WARD. – Killed in action, March 5th, Rifleman E. Ward, Royal Scots. A bitter blow, a shock severe, to part with one we loved most dear. – Mr. and Mrs. J. Coupe.' Nottingham Evening Post 5th March 1918: 'WARD. – In loving memory of our dear son, Ernest, killed in action March 5th, 1917, late of Lambley. Sleep on, dear son, in a hero's grave, a grave we may never see, but as long as life and memory last we will remember thee. – Mother, father, and family.' Obituaries courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918
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