Saturday 8 December 2012

Private Frederick Leonard Ward

Born on 4 November 1893 in London, England – son of Clara Ward, Ottawa, Ontario – at the time of his enlistment in 1915: no trade or calling; single; currently a member of the Governor General’s Foot Guards (three years); no previous military service; Church of England; height of 5 feet 8.5 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; hazel eyes; brown hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 19 March 1915 (number 410427) – served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda – landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 – wounded on 18 November 1916 – rejoined the 38th Battalion on 24 December 1916 – wounded on 9 or 10 April 1917 – invalided to England on 12 April 1917 – rejoined the 38th Battalion on 5 July 1917 – invalided sick to England on 22 October 1917 – later served with reserve units and promoted to acting-lance-sergeant.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force)

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