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poppyOn this day one hundred years ago one man of the 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment died as a prisoner of war in Germany.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.


Joseph Wilfred WARD was the brother of Millicent, Ethel and Vincent of Harpurhey, Manchester. It is known that their parents had died at sometime prior to May 1919, possibly even before Joseph had enlisted and the War Gratuity on account of his death was split between his sisters.

Private Joseph Wilfred Ward died in Wittenberg POW Camp during the height of the Typhoid endemic at that camp. I suspect this was probably his cause of his death.

Rank: Private
Service No: 10786
Date of Death: 18/04/1915
Age: 27
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.
Cemetery: BERLIN SOUTH-WESTERN CEMETERY


Total Casualties to date (inclusive)

cross 594

Regulars
1st Battalion: 515 – Worst day: 22/12/1914 (89)
2nd Battalion: 55 – Worst day: 04/11/1914 (49)

Territorials
1/4th Battalion: 4
1/5th Battalion: 6
2/5th Battalion: 2

New Armies
7th Battalion: 1
10th Battalion: 1

Reserves and Home Service
Depot: 6
3rd Battalion: 3
Unknown: 1


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