Bombardier Arthur Ward +
St Patrick’s Catholic School Roll of Honour
Born: 1874 - Ballarat, Victoria
Enlisted: 19/11/1915 aged 42
Unit: 8th Field Artillery Battalion (SERN: 20154)
Served: Western Front
Killed in action: 17 April 1918 - near Amiens, France
Born in Ballarat in 1874, Arthur Ward was the son of Arthur and Eliza Ward. It is not clear when he attended St Patrick’s School, but given he was born in 1874, it is likely he was a student there briefly after the school re-opened in 1888. Aged 42 years old when he enlisted in November 1915, Arthur was the oldest of the former St Patrick’s students to serve in WWI. By that time, Arthur was working as a miner in Western Australia. He still had relatives at Cowwarr near Traralgon though (1).
After enlisting, Arthur was assigned to the 8th Field Artillery Brigade. He initially served as a gunner, then as a driver. In January 1918 Arthur was promoted to bombardier with the 108th Field Howitzer Battery. In April 1918, he was wounded in action with a bullet penetrating through his shoulder to his spine. Arthur died on 17 April 1918, and was buried at Vignacourt British Military Cemetery, near Amiens. Amongst his possessions returned to his sister-in-law in Cowwarr were some photos, letters, and a religious medallion (2). Arthur’s death occurred just days before the St Patrick’s Roll of Honour was dedicated on 20 April 1918. News of his death had not yet reached Australia, hence Arthur not is recorded on the roll of honour as having been killed in action.
(1) & (2) NAA B2455, WARD ARTHUR