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P06224.003

Image copyright: Copyright expired - public domain,
Public Domain Mark This image is in the Public Domain

ID number P06224.003
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Digital print
Makers
  • Mora Copy (Photographer);
  • Wright & Son (Photographer);
Date made September 1918

Description

Studio portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Leslie Norman Ward of Charleville, Queensland. Lt Ward enlisted on the 26 July 1915 and served onthe Western Front with the 47th Battalion. He was commissioned from the ranks in November 1917 and was awarded the Military Cross for actions at Dernancourt on 5 April 1918. He was later transferred to the 48th Battalion in May 1918. In a letter which accompanied the portrait to his parents in Australia, Lt Ward writes on the 15 September 1918: 'We are doing OK and move up to take over the trenches tonight. We do a big attack in a few days I think. Oh well I sincerely hope that my usual luck sticks to me through this show'. Lt Ward was killed four days later on the 19 September 1918 during an attack on a German trench at Bellenglise near Mont St Quentin, and is buried at Jeancourt Communal Cemetery.