A Good Second World war and Palestine MID group – Royal Engineers.
1939-45 Star; Defence Medal; 1939-45 War Medal; General Service Medal 1918-62 (Geo VI) clasp Palestine 1945-48, Major G.A.F. Ward. R.E.
George Albert Frederick Ward was born on the 21st May 1910 in Bucklow, Cheshire.
He was a keen rifle shooter and the Times of the 15th July 1935 lists him as equal 1st in the “M” class of the “times Trophy” at Bisley.
Ward attended as an Officer Cadet Training Unit and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the General List on the 9th August 1941. He was promoted War Substantive Lieutenant on the 1st October 1942 and then transferred to the Movement Control Section of the Royal Engineers when this was formed on the 1st November 1942. Movement control officers were generally selected on the basis of their knowledge railway systems nd shipping services. Ward promoted Temporary Captain on the 26th June 1943 and Temporary Major on the 30th July 1945.
Ward was given a Short Service Commission in the Movement Control Section of the Royal Engineers on the 1st September 1946. with seniority as Captain from the 30th July, 1945 and retained his rank of Temporary Major.
Major (temp) G.A.F. Ward was Mentioned inDespatches in the London Gazette of the 7th January 1949 “For gallant and distinguished services in Palestine during the period 27th March to 30th June 1948”
His final London Gazette entry on the 3rd August 1951 states that “Capt G.A.F. Ward is dismissed the Service by sentence of Court Martial 9th March 1951”
George Ward lived in retirement in Bognor Regis and died Ipswich in the 1st Quarter 1981
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