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  • 19549 Private Joseph Ward was killed in action during the Battle of Thiepval on 26 September 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse
Person Details
Pleasley Vale
He was born about 1896, the son of William, a game keeper, and Ellen Ward. William and Ellen had eight children; Frances (b. abt 1892), Edith (b. 1893 A/M/J), Joseph, William (b. abt. 1898), Arthur (b. 1900 J/A/S), Harold (b. abt 1903), Frank (b. abt 1904) and Maurice (b. 1905 J/A/S). According to the 1901 Census, the five eldest children were born in Pleasley Vale, but the 1911 Census records all eight being born in Mansfield Woodhouse. In 1891 William and Ellen (b. abt 1864, Skelton in Cleveland, Yorkshire), who were newly married, were living at North Field Houses, Mansfield Woodhouse. William was a gamekeeper. Also living at North Field Houses - presumably in a separate house given the way the two households were listed separately in the census - was William's widowed father, Francis (56 b. abt 1835 Mansfield Woodhouse), also a gamekeeper, and Francis' unmarried daughter Mary Elizabeth who was a housekeeper. In 1901 William and Ellen were living at 14 Meadow Row, Pleasley Vale, with their five children; Frances (9), Edith (8), Joseph (5), William (3) and Arthur (9 months). Ten years later in 1911 they were living on Jenny Becketts Lane, Berry Hill, Mansfield. Only their seven youngest children were still living at home: Edith, Joseph, William, Arthur, Harold (8), Frank (7) and Maurice (5). Their eldest child, Frances (19), was living at the Manor House, Birkenhead, Cheshire, one of 11 servants in the household of widower Thomas Hughes Jackson (71) and his unmarried daughter, Winifred Barbara Jackson (40). William died on 24 April 1925 aged 63 years and Ellen on 6 May 1949 aged 86 years.
1911 census - garden boy
26 Sep 1916
21
819191 - CWGC Website
19549
Private
9th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Joseph Ward had served on Gallipoli and in Egypt. The battalion moved to France on 1 July 1916 and went to the Arras front. In August they moved to the Somme in preparation for the Battle of Thiepval which began on 26 September 1916. The battalion gained all of its objectives but at a high cost and Joseph was one of over 100 men killed, of which 75 have no known grave and like Joseph are commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. He qualified for the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. John Morse
Inscription on family gravestone, Mansfield (Nottingham Road) Cemetery: 'In loving memory of William the beloved husband of Ellen Ward who passed away April 24th 1928 aged 63 years. Also Ellen the dearly beloved wife of the above who died Aug. 6th 1949 aged 86 years. reunited. Also of Joseph son of the above who was killed in action Sep. 26th 1916 aged 21 years. Peace perfect Peace.' His father, William, was his sole legatee.
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  • 19549 Private Joseph Ward was killed in action during the Battle of Thiepval on 26 September 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse
    Joseph Ward name on Memorial - 19549 Private Joseph Ward was killed in action during the Battle of Thiepval on 26 September 1916. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. Visited, wreath laid and photo taken by John Morse
  • Family grave, Mansfield (Nottingham Road) Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (July 2016)
    Joseph Ward - Family grave, Mansfield (Nottingham Road) Cemetery. Photograph Rachel Farrand (July 2016)