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thomas joesph ward boer war

thomas joesph ward boer war

Posted: 28 May 2012 2:01AM GMT
Classification: Query
thomas joesph ward he was born in county cork in 1876 ireland he joined the royal irish regiment in 1900 he served in africa in the boar war 1900 1901.he fought at mons in the first world war ,after six months in the trenches he was captured ,and spent the next thee and half years as a pow,his regemental no was 6905 he died in 1955 aged 79..help

Re: thomas joesph ward boer war

Posted: 5 Jul 2012 2:04AM GMT
Classification: Query
After giving so much detail and ending you post with “..help”, it’s not clear what you are looking for from a posting on the Boer War Board.

Other than his medal entitlement (see WO 100 Campaign Medal Rolls on Ancestry) there will be very little available about his time in South Africa; for an overview see http://angloboerwar.com/unit-information/imperial-units/650-...

A note on the actual Queen’s South Africa Medal Roll shows he was posted to the 2nd battalion at some point before 15th August 1903, being the date the medal roll was signed off. He is listed as being entitled to 3 clasps with his QSA Medal: Transvaal, South Africa 1901 & South Africa 1902.
Any details of that and other postings should be in any record that survives, but as he went on to serve in WWI any record will have been combined in his WWI service file. Unfortunately most of the soldier’s WWI files were destroyed in bombing during WWII and any that do survive will be on Ancestry.

The catalogued description to his WWI Medal (roll) Index Card on the National Archives new Discovery web page at http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/Details?ur...
(High quality colour scans of original cards on Ancestry)

Medal card of Ward, Thomas
Corps: Regiment No: Rank
Royal Irish Regiment; 6905; Private
Highland Light Infantry; 3299315; Private

The above shows he transferred to the Highland Light Infantry and the 7-digit number 3299315 indicates he was still serving in 1920 when the whole army was issued new numbers, which would be unusual for someone who had served in the Boer War and who was still a private soldier.

If you are unable to locate his record on Ancestry then there’s a slight possibility (no guarantees) he went on to serve after the 1923 cut-off for records being in the public domain and his record may still be with the MoD.
There’s a £30 GBP non-refundable charge and you will need to provide proof of death.
See details at http://www.veterans-uk.info/service_records/service_records....

Re: thomas joesph ward boer war

Posted: 21 Jul 2012 11:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you sooo much....I said help because this is all the info I have on him no pictures....no idea who he was just the solider, and to be honest till I finally wanted to get to know him I did not really know alot about the wars. I also learned, when he finally stopped serving he was suffering mentally.
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