Updated 14 Sep 2005

WIRKSWORTH Parish Records 1600-1900

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Reg WARDS's photos

Reg Ward was born in 1916 at Carsington, won a scholarship to Wirksworth Grammar School and was called up to Lincoln Barracks in 1940. In 1944 he was killed at the Garigliano river crossing in Italy, aged 27. Reg wrote many letters to his girl friend who, fifty years later, transcribed them and suggested they be put on the Wirksworth website, run by .

19 May 1940
03 Sep 1941

08 Sep 1941
16 Nov 1942

22 Nov 1942
29 Jan 1945


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00: Reg Ward, taken Oct 1941. He still has a single private's stripe. Referred to in letter 72.
08: William Ward (father) and Eric (brother) at Rock cottage, taken Sept 1940.
01: Carsington village, with Hall Woods on the hill in the background. A very large reservoir, was opened in 1992, between the village and the woods.
02: Carsington village, Rock Cottage is the last on the left
12: Thornhill House, Carsington where Joan lived.
03: Joan Stevenson, this photo is mentioned in letter 94 (4 Jun 1942).
14: Betty (sister) and Joan near Flash Dam. Mentioned in Letter 55 and Letter 58.
19: Reg and pals at Lincoln Barracks.
04: Joan in uniform
21: Seaforth Pipe Band at Crom Castle.
09: Reg in tropical gear, possibly taken in Persia, referred to in letter 129 (17 May 1943).
22: Field Service Post Card, see Letter 140, sent 18 Sep 1943.
10: Reg and pals on sergeant's course in Tel Aviv. Taken Christmas 1942. Referred to in letter 114.
06: Xmas card, sent 1 Nov 1943.
15: The Garigliano Crossing. See letter 157: "The tiny village of Pontefiume must have been within a few yards of where he fell"
11: Newspaper cutting, giving Reg's obituary.
07: Grave with original marker, at Pontefiume.
05: Gravestone, British Military Cemetery, Minturno See Letter 159

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