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Hugh Ralston WARD

Regimental number2271
Place of birthOmeo Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationPastrycook
AddressRichmond, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, Ernest Daniel Ward, 2 Rooney Street, Richmond, Victoria
Enlistment date20 June 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 June 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name39th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/56/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A17 Port Lincoln on 20 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll39th Battalion
FateEffective abroad (still overseas)
Medals

Military Medal

'Near WARNETON, during a raid on the enemy trenches on night 30th November/1st December, Private WARD showed great gallantry and devotion to duty. He was in charge of the telephone taken across to enemy parapet, with Lieutenant C.J.A. RAMSAY. On arrival at enemy wire, a shell exploded, blowing up WARD and scattering the party. In spite of this, he established communication back to D.C. Raid. He then put a man in charge of the telephone and searched for Lieutenant RAMSAY whom he found mortally wounded. Strength of raiding party - 4 officers and 82 other ranks.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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