Other names: Robert Frank
Locations in this story: Christchurch, HampshireShaftesbury, DorsetFrance & Flanders
Story: Robert Frank Ward was born in Christchurch, Hampshire, on 13 Oct 1889 the son of Frank Ward and Annie Eliza Strickland Ward (nee Shepherd). He lived his early life in Christchurch until he obtained employment as a Grocer's Assistant with the Shaftesbury, Dorset, firm of Stratton, Sons & Mead. By 1911 he was boarding at Bell Vue House, Victoria Street, Shaftesbury. He enlisted and joined Princess Charlotte of Wales's (Royal Berkshire) Regiment as a Private (Service No.14298). He served in France and Flanders with the 7th Battalion eventually rising to the rank of Sergeant. He was discharged on 24 Feb 1919 and awarded the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star. His name was also placed on his employer's Roll of Honour. He married Edith Phoebe Leach (Date and Place unknown). By the time of the 1939 Register he was living at 56 Salisbury Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, still working as a Grocer's Assistant. His death was recorded in Shaftesbury on 16 Dec 1952.