Malvern College First World War Casualty

Major George Bernard Ward MC

Photo of George Bernard Ward
House and time at Malvern: No 5, 1907 - 1908.

Regiment: 10 Sq. R. A. F.
Died: 21 September 1917 aged 26 in France. Killed in action.
Cemetery: Chocques Mil Cemetery V C 4

Son of D. Ward, Lower Hall, Foxearth, Long Melford. b. 1891.
Upper IV B—Lower Modern II.
Birmingham University; First Class Diploma in Brewing 1910.
Great War, Private R.E. 1914; 2nd Lieutenant N. Staffordshire Regt.; Major R.F.C.
M.C. with Bar.

'Ward joined the North Staffords in April 1915 and subsequently transferred to the R.F.C., where he reached the rank of Major. He was awarded the M.C. in 1916 and a Bar in 1917 for fine work in artillery reconnaissance. He was killed in action on September 2, 1917' (Malvernian, Mar 1918).

Citation for M.C.: 'When in one of three machines engaged on photographic reconnaissance, they were attacked by a formation of nine hostile scouts. A determined resistance was offered to this attack, which was beaten off, and the photographs were then taken. Whilst returning to the aerodrome this officer turned back alone to take some further photographs, and, observing six hostile machines approaching, he promptly attacked them at close range, and after a sharp fight brought one down and drove off the remainder. He then completed his photography. (M.C. gazetted Nov, 25th, 1916).'
Biography at Foxearth