Lawrence Floyd Ward, MM

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


May 16, 1898

Born to George Nelson and Mary Jane (nee Andrews) Ward at Tillsonburg Ontario


Jan 18, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion at Tillsonburg Ontario 

Ø      Number 675224

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs George Ward, mother, of Tillsonburg Ontario

o       The address was later changed to 366 Vermont Ave, Detroit Michigan, USA, then to 615 Antoinette St, Detroit Michigan

Ø      Previous occupation given as Student

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Jun 1, 1916

The 168th Battalion moved to London Ontario to conduct training.  From here they proceeded to Camp Borden for the balance of their training


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia


Nov 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Jan 4, 1917

The 39th Reserve Battalion was absorbed into the newly created 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Feb 27, 1917

Although the dates aren’t recorded in the file, he was AWL (Absent Without Leave) for 6 days and sentenced to 6 days Field Punishment #2 and a forfeiture of 6 days pay, for a total of 12 days pay and allowances forfeited


Mar 2, 1917

The 6th Reserve Battalion moved to the Seaford Camp


Mar 19, 1917

Pte Ward was transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 20, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 22, 1917

Left the CBD to join the 21st Battalion


Apr 14, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets at Bois des Alleux


There is no explanation in the file to indicate why it took so long for him to travel to the Battalion


May 10, 1917

Received shrapnel wounds to his lower hip, right thigh, right buttock, right arm and back.  He was admitted to the No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance), then transferred the same day to the No 12 CFA for further first aid


May 12, 1917

Transferred to the No 2 Australian Hospital at Wimereux


May 18, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Andrew

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


May 19, 1917

Admitted to the De Walden Court Military Hospital at Eastbourne


Jun 19, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Military Hospital at Eastbourne


Jul 18, 1917

Granted sick leave until August 7, 1917


Jul 28, 1917

Discharged from hospital and On Command to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Seaford


Aug 7, 1917

Reported to the 3rd CCD at Seaford


Sep 28, 1917

Discharged from the 3rd CCD and was TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Dec 7, 1917

Transferred back to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Dec 11, 1917

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Calonne Ricouart


Dec 14, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the front line trench near Winnipeg Road


Jan 18, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Aug 27, 1918

Received a bullet wound to his left leg and admitted to the No 1 CCS


Aug 28, 1918

Transferred to the No 8 Stationary Hospital via No 29 AT (Ambulance Train)


Sep 10, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St David

Posted to the EORD while in hospital


Sep 11, 1918

Admitted to the 1st Southern General Hospital at Birmingham


Oct 29, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park Epsom


Nov 13, 1918

Discharged from hospital and On Command to the Segregation Camp at Rhyl


Dec 2, 1918

On Command to the 1st CCD at Witley


Dec 13, 1918

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) at 1900 hrs (7 pm)


Dec 28, 1918

Reported for duty at 1900 hrs from being AWL and placed under arrest and held for trial


Dec 31, 1918

Awarded 15 days Field Punishment #2 for being AWL and forfeits 15 days pay in addition to the 17 days pay lost while absent for a total of 32 days pay and allowances lost.


Jan 7, 1919

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jan 18, 1919

On Command to Military District #1 at Kinmel Park Rhyl, pending return to Canada


Jan 29, 1919

Embarked the SS Baltic at Liverpool

TOS Military District #1 at London Ontario


Feb 5, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to London Ontario


Feb 8, 1919

Posted to the MD #1 Casualty Company


Granted leave with subsistence until February 26, 1919


Feb 11, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31173 


Mar 1, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at London Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 245087

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 615 Antoinette St, Detroit Michigan USA 

Following his discharge, he was sent the British War Medal and the Victory Medal at 2111 Antoinette St, Detroit Michigan 

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