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Claude WARD

Regimental number2184
Place of birthWellington New South Wales
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationPlumber
AddressCheshunt Road, Auburn, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 7.75"
Weight134 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Ward, Cheshunt Road, Auburn, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date6 September 1915
Place of enlistmentNewcastle, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name30th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/47/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 16 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll30th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 3), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
117
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 16 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 23 March 1916.

Proceeded to 30th Bn from 8th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 1 April 1916; taken on strength, 30th Bn, Ferry Post, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Posted missing in action, 20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Statement, Red Cross File No 2851104, 1972 Pte A.B. CURTIS, 30th Bn (patient, 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, England), 24 April 1917: 'He was killed during the Fromelles stunt on July 19th-22nd and was brought in from No Man's Land two days after, and buried just behind the lines at Fromelles. I did not see him hit or his grave, but it was generally known in the Batt ... '

Second statement, 1997 Pte Charles Harold CARVER, 30th Bn (patient, 2nd General Hospital (Casino), Havre), 8 December 1916: 'He was killed by machine gun Fire (sic) at Fromelles on the 20th July in No Man's Land. His body was not recovered. I was present when this happened.'

Third statement, 838 Sergeant B.A. BRAGG, D Company, 30th Bn, 16 February 1917: 'Killed 19/20 July ... disc taken off person about [a] fortnight after in our own wire.'

Fourth statement, 2370 Pte T. QUINN, 30th Bn, 15 September 1919: 'Early in the morning of 20-7-16 we were attacking at Flers when I saw him hit by a machine gun bullet. He was hit in the head and died an hour later without regaining consciousness. His body was carried back behind the line at Flers where all our Battalion dead were buried, in Company, military crosses were erected. Padre of our Battalion, officiating. The ground was held.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsFather's address subsequently Simpson Road, Wellington; then, 'Thelma', Cumberland Road, Auburn, New South Wales
SourcesNAA: B2455, WARD Claude
Red Cross File No 2851104

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