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Offline Steve Ward

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Re: 2nd Lt. Philip Ward 17th Battalion "C" Company
« Reply #30 on: June 25, 2015, 09:09:18 AM »
Steve, thats really good news and a step in the right direction. Fingers crossed :)
Charlie

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Offline Pete Th

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Re: 2nd Lt. Philip Ward 17th Battalion "C" Company
« Reply #31 on: June 25, 2015, 01:54:49 PM »
Steve, that is brilliant news. We'll all be crossing our fingers for you.

Best of luck
Pete
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Sgt Charles Roberts (13668), 11th Bn, Manchester Regiment - kia 18.05.18
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Pte Sidney Lee (4131324), 8th Bn, Cheshire Regiment -  kia 12.03.41

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Re: 2nd Lt. Philip Ward 17th Battalion "C" Company
« Reply #32 on: June 25, 2015, 04:38:50 PM »
Steve, that is brilliant news. We'll all be crossing our fingers for you.

Best of luck
Pete
Many thanks Pete
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Offline Steve Ward

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Re: 2nd Lt. Philip Ward 17th Battalion "C" Company
« Reply #33 on: June 28, 2015, 01:49:35 PM »
FYI I have now updated my website with a new page telling the story of how, with the help of this forum, I am trying to find Philip's grave. Feel free to have a look :)

bit.ly/ltPWard-grave

Thank you everyone.
« Last Edit: June 28, 2015, 02:21:40 PM by Steve Ward »
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Offline Pete Th

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Re: 2nd Lt. Philip Ward 17th Battalion "C" Company
« Reply #34 on: June 28, 2015, 08:07:20 PM »
Steve, marvellous, well done. I've been on a similar quest:

http://themanchesters.org/forum/index.php?topic=3188.0

Best of luck
Pete
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Pte Sidney Lee (36719), 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regt - dow 18.02.17
Sgt Charles Roberts (13668), 11th Bn, Manchester Regiment - kia 18.05.18
Bombardier John Hesford (70065), 147th Heavy Battery, RGA dow - 04.09.18
Pte Sidney Lee (4131324), 8th Bn, Cheshire Regiment -  kia 12.03.41

Offline Steve Ward

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Re: 2nd Lt. Philip Ward 17th Battalion "C" Company
« Reply #35 on: July 01, 2015, 02:33:32 AM »
Steve, marvellous, well done. I've been on a similar quest:

http://themanchesters.org/forum/index.php?topic=3188.0

Best of luck
Pete

Wow! Pete, I love what you have done, brilliant. So glad you sent me the link, you have given me some ideas for when I visit Ypres next week.

Cheers,
Steve
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Re: 2nd Lt. Philip Ward 17th Battalion "C" Company
« Reply #36 on: July 10, 2015, 12:30:29 AM »
Blimey.... ;D let's get this over to the great war section, superb work folks!!!
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Re: 2nd Lt. Philip Ward 17th Battalion "C" Company
« Reply #37 on: July 10, 2015, 11:20:28 PM »
Steve,

May I echo the remarks made by Mack regarding the website you have constructed in memory of this officer. Very impressive.

(Should you decide to visit Poelcapelle British Cemetery, you might like to pay tribute to Private John Condon, KIA with the 2nd Bn. R.Irish R. on 24th May 1915 at the age of 14. He is the "youngest known battle casualty of the Great War".  He is buried in grave LVl.F.8. which is located at the southern end of the cemetery.  Lastly, Poelcapelle has an impressive memorial to the French Air Ace - Capitaine Georges Guynemer who was KIA on the 11th September 1917.  I doubt you will miss its crossroads location! ).
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Re: 2nd Lt. Philip Ward 17th Battalion "C" Company
« Reply #38 on: July 21, 2015, 10:56:29 PM »
Update

Last week I was able to find the spot where the unknown 2nd Lt was initially buried, and to visit his grave at Poelcapelle. On my return from this visit I was greeted by the disappointing news that the CWGC doesn't believe there is enough evidence to warrant investigation. It's a shame, and I can't pretend I am not disappointed, but I am now considering the grave 'adopted'. I have posted a few photos and the full text of the email from CWGC.

http://bit.ly/ltPWard-grave

Thank you all for your support and encouragement.
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Re: 2nd Lt. Philip Ward 17th Battalion "C" Company
« Reply #39 on: July 22, 2015, 01:18:52 PM »
Thats disappointing news. Despite what the CWGC say, if you are happy in your own mind that he is buried there I think it is a good result for you.
Charlie

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Re: 2nd Lt. Philip Ward 17th Battalion "C" Company
« Reply #40 on: July 23, 2015, 08:41:21 AM »
It seems to be a sensible, measured response from CWGC, but dissappointing result. It makes sense that we put faith in the investigations in the 1920s, although there seems to be a process of elimination that Steve &  Mack has adopted that couldn't have been so apparent at that time. Wishful thinking?
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