WARD, Francis Charter
(Service number 74437)

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Date 28 March 1898 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 7 December 1917 Age
Address at Enlistment Talbot Street, Geraldine
Occupation Motor mechanic
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mr J. WARD (father), Evans Street, Timaru
Religion Church of England
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Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

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Date 26 April 1981 Age 83 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Hawke's Bay Crematorium; ashes interred Hastings Cemetery
Memorial Reference Hastings Cemetery - Niche, Plot BB100
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Francis Charter Ward, known as Frank, was born on 28 March 1898 at Timaru, the second of the three sons of James and Millicent Sophie (née Charter) Ward. He was educated at Waimataitai School. Francis C. Ward, a motor mechanic at Geraldine, handed in his name for enlistment, in November 1917, as he had turned 20, but then he gave a birthdate of 20 October 1897. Francis married Elsie Marshall in 1928 at St Mary's, Timaru. He was still living in Timaru in 1942 when he was balloted for World War II. His older brother, Leonard Stanley Ward, served in World War I.


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [03 August 2020]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [03 August 2020]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [June 2018]; Timaru Herald, 6 December 1917 (Papers Past) [10 January 2016]; Hawke’s Bay Crematorium Record [03 August 2020]; Hastings Cemetery burial record (Hastings District Council) [03 August 2020]

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