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Charles Ward

In memory of:

Sapper Charles Ward

August 7, 1917

Military Service

Service Number:







Canadian Railway Troops


7th Bn.

Additional Information


October 30, 1886


January 20, 1917

Born 30 October 1886 in Glasgow, Scotland. Son of Isabella (née Deans) Ward, of Glasgow, Scotland. Enlisted with his friend Robert McElroy in the 240th Battalion, transferred to 257th Railway Construction Battalion and was sent overseas on 19 February 1917. He embarked for France on 27 March 1917 where he was transferred to the 7th Battalion, Canadian Railway Troop

Commemorated on Page 345 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information

Grave Reference:

VI. A. 7.


Brandhoek New Military Cemetery is located 6.5 km west of Ieper town centre on the Branderstraat, a road leading from the N308 connecting Ieper to Poperinge. From Ieper town centre the Poperingseweg (N308) is reached via Elverdingsestraat then directly over two small roundabouts in the J. Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a continuation of the J. Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. 6 km along the N308, after passing the village of Vlamertinge and just beyond the church in the hamlet of Brandhoek, lies the left hand turning onto the Grote Branderstraat. The cemetery is located 300 metres along the Branderstraat on the left hand side of the road, beyond the N38 dual carriageway, which it is necessary to cross. Historical Information:
During the First World War, Brandhoek was within the area comparatively safe from shell fire which extended beyond Vlamertinghe Church. Field ambulances were posted there continuously and the Military Cemetery was opened early in May 1915 in a field adjoining the dressing station. It closed in July 1917 when the New Military Cemetery was opened nearby, to be followed by the New Military Cemetery No 3 in August 1917. Brandhoek New Military Cemetery contains 530 First World War burials. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

  • Memorial– Plaque on Vars ON cenotaph.
  • Memorial– Plaque of Charles Ward on one of the posts in front of Vars ON cenotaph.
  • Memorial Plaque– Vars Cenotaph, Ontario
  • Vars Cenotaph, Ontario
  • Gravemarker
  • Attestation Paper (page 1)– Attestation Paper 
Source Library and Archives Canada Soldiers of the First World War
  • Attestation Paper (page 2)– Attestation Paper 
Source Library and Archives Canada Soldiers of the First World War
  • Entrance
  • Cemetery
  • Grave Marker

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