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Date of Birth
Date of Death
2 Nov 1917
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Soldier or Civilian
Pte Sidney George Ward, 33678, 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, died on November 2nd, 1917, from wounds sustained near the front line in Belgium the previous day. He was aged 28.
In a letter to parents Herbert John and Louisa Ward, of 94 Dallow Road, Luton, CSM A. Cook wrote: "Your son was one of a working party which went to dig a trench not far from the front line, and whilst digging it he was hit by a bullet which pierced his side. He was immediately taken to the field ambulance, but unfortunately his wound proved fatal and he died the following morning."
Sidney Ward had enlisted in the Bedfords early in 1916 and proceeded to France in December. Prior to joining up he had been a plait warehouseman employed by hat manufacturer Mr J. J. Haye, of George Street, Luton.
He was also well known in football circles, having been left-back of the Albion FC before joining the Clarence team. To his football associates he was known as 'Ecker Ward'.