Bank: London County & Westminster Bank
Place of work: Aylesbury branch
Died: 10 May 1917
Harry Marsh Alfred Gregson Ward was born on 15 December 1896, the son of the Reverend Harry Marsh Ward and his wife Helen Mary. He was educated at Sir William Borlase School, Marlow. In May 1915, when he was 18 years old, he went to work for London County & Westminster Bank.
In December 1915 Ward left his job as a clerk at the bank's Aylesbury branch to join the army, serving in the Royal Fusiliers. In the course of his military service he survived several dangerous incidents, including being buried alive in a shell explosion which killed several of his fellow soldiers; being slightly wounded by a ricocheting bullet; and on one occasion being officially missing for a whole day before arriving back at his post with a wounded soldier whom he and a friend had rescued in No Man's Land.
Lance Corporal Ward was killed by a shell on the Western Front on 10 May 1917. He was 20 years old.
Harry Ward is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest Aylesbury branch.
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Ruth Reed July 30 2014 1:24PM
In remembrance of Harry Ward, a fellow old Borlasian. We must have had lessons in some of the same classrooms.