8143, Driver, 5th Army Service Corps/3rd Divisional Train, AIF.
b. April 1878 Wigan, England,
Enlisted: 02.08.1915 Brisbane, Qld.
d. 09.05.1924 Sunshine Coast, Qld.
Next of Kin: Adeline Annie Ward – Wife.
George Ward was the son of James Ward and Tabitha Ann Turner. He was 36 years old, a labourer and ready and willing to serve his adopted country in World War One.
Leaving his wife and children in Ipswich, he headed for Enoggera Barracks for initial training then was sent overseas, first to England on the A37 Barambah, then from Folkstone to France, per SS Arundel.
George committed a couple of offences during his time in the army. He had a brief period of being absent without leave for one day – a crime of which even the best soldiers were guilty.
And goodness! He disobeyed Company Order no. 922 in that he trotted two draught horses attached to a General Support waggon. It seems he was ‘done’ for speeding. In certain areas, for example roads prone to potholes, accidents and congestion, horses must be led at walking pace only.
In March 1918, the army received correspondence from a Mrs. C. Hales of Darlinghurst, New South Wales, wanting to know the whereabouts of George Ward. While recognising her concern, the officer at base records replied that without better evidence of identification, he was unable to reply to her request.
George’s reward for service was illness. He spent time in hospital in France with endocarditis. His time in the army was at an end. He was honourably discharged 12th August 1919 and awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
George Ward had little time with his wife when he returned from war. Adeline Annie Ward, daughter of Arthur Turner Ward and Annie Gant, died in Brisbane in 1922.
He married Edith May Mancktelow later in 1922 and his probate notice in July 1924 has named Edith May Ward as the lawful widow. She was the daughter of Frederick Samuel Mancktelow and Jessie Evelyn Smith, local Palmwoods farmers.
Source: National Archives of Australia; Nambour Chronicle Bereavement Notice, 30 May 1924, p.9; 4 July 1924, p.2.
From the Genealogy Sunshine Coast publication
“AND THEIR NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER…”
REMEMBERING MILITARY PERSONNEL IN THE OLD MAROOCHY SHIRE CEMETERIES – BOOK 1, WOOMBYE
George is not included in the Adopt a Digger database as he falls outside our criteria of living in the district before 1925. He is included in this gallery as he has lived in the district later in his life and is commemorated on the Sunshine Coast. Importantly, as a WW1 digger he still deserves to be recognised and commemorated by our project.