Rank or Title
Date of Death
2 Apr 1918
War time / or Pre War occupation
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
War Memorial Location
Soldier or Civilian
Cpl Arthur Ward, 19139, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, died on April 2nd, 1918. He is buried in St Thomas' Churchyard at Stopsley, although he is not commemorated on the Stopsley War Memorial.
No newspaper reports of his death or funeral have so far come to light, but to have been buried locally he would have died in England, probably, as historian James Dyer suggests, in an English hospital from wounds sustained abroad.
Arthur is, however, commemorated on the Luton Roll of Honour and War Memorial, where his address is shown as 363 Hitchin Road, confirmed in successive later electoral roll lists as the home of his wife, Elizabeth (nee Dawson).
The 1911 Census shows Arthur, aged 24, and Elizabeth, who had married in 1906, living at Dyers Cottages, Stopsley, with two children. Arthur is described as an iron foundry trimmer.
Arthur is not recorded in the list of Beds Regiment men who gave their lives in the Great War, making very limited reliable detail about the man available.