WARD, Joseph
(Service number 6/2005)

Aliases Born & died as Michael Ward RUSH
First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 31 May 1886 Place of Birth Rocky Lead, Creswick, Victoria, Australia

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Paul Street, Waimate
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin J. WARD (father), Creswick, Victoria, Australia
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 4th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 17 April 1915
Transport Willochra of Knight Templar or Waitomo
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards Distinguished Conduct Medal

Award Circumstances and Date

London Gazette, 3 June 1919

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date *1944 Age 57 years
Place of Death Armadale, Prahan, Victoria, Australia
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Joseph Ward, for unknown reason, assumed this name. He was, in fact, Michael Ward Rush, which elicited an extract of his birth entry in December 1920 in connection with the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal. Michael was the son of Thomas Rush and Mary Ann née Leahy.


Auckland War MemorialMuseum Cenotaph Database [18 December 2018]; Victoria, Australia birth & death indexes (per [18 December 2018]; refer Press, 24 January 1920 (Papers Past)

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