Arthur Ward Centenary
1st July 2017

Photo: Arthur Wards Grave

Photo: Arthur Wards Grave Photo: Arthur Wards Grave

Arthur Ward's grave
Orchard Dump Cemetery

by Pauline Heath, August 2017

  Our  holiday in August this year took us to North East France where we were looking for the graves of my husband’s grandfather who was in the Canadian Army and killed in April 1917 and my great uncle who was in the RFC and shot down over Passchendaele on 15th September 1917 (we saw that grave on 15 August 2017 - 1 month short of the 100 years). We also found the grave and a memorial stone for relatives of my son-in-law.

  Having read the research that had been done on Arthur Ward and of course seen the plaque in the ringing chamber many times over the past 50 odd years I was keen to find his gravestone too.

  We established that Orchard Dump Cemetery was not far from one of the others we were visiting near Arras and on  arrival we soon found Arthur Ward’s gravestone.

  I wrote in the memorial book – ‘Visited the grave of Arthur Ward 28197 who was a bellringer at St John’s Church, Ranmoor, Sheffield.’

Photo: Memorial ‘L’anneau de la Memoire at Notre Dame de Lorette

Arthur Ward
on Memorial ‘L’anneau de la Memoire
at Notre Dame de Lorette

 This picture is on a circular memorial to commemorate those killed in WW1 – see description below. There were so many A Ward’s, but only one Arthur.

  L’Anneau de la Mémoire ("The Ring of Memory" or "Ring of Remembrance") is a World War I memorial in Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, France.

  Designed by Philippe Prost and inaugurated on November 11, 2014, the 96th anniversary of Armistice Day, the memorial honors the 576,606 soldiers of forty different nationalities who died at Nord-Pas-de-Calais. The memorial is located at the site of the national cemetery of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette.

  The monument consists of 500 metal panels that are arranged in an ellipse pattern, each 3 meters (almost 10 ft) in height. Each panel contains approximately 1200 names of fallen soldiers, listed alphabetically by last name. The 500th panel remains blank so that any newly discovered names may be inscribed. The most noteworthy aspect of the Ring of Memory is that it is the first memorial to list alphabetically, with no regard to rank nor nationality.

 Read more about Arthur Ward in the First World War (I/IV)

 Read more about the Bellringing Wards (II/IV)

 Read more about Ranmoor's Fallen (III/IV)
 See also Arthur Ward Memorial Plaque

See also Centenary Quarter Peal

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