Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1915 Captain Charles Francis Ward, 75th Battery, Royal Field Artillery, was killed in action on the Western Front.
The son of a surgeon and grandson of a captain in the Dragoon Guards, he was educated at Aysgarth School and Marlborough College, after which he attended the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich. As a Cadet he was present at the coronations of King Edward VII and King George V. He was commissioned in 1903, and served with the Royal Field Artillery and Royal Horse Artillery in South Africa and India.
On the day of his death, in his role as advanced observation officer, Captain Ward was killed outright by a sniper. It is not clear if his body was recovered, and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing at Ypres.
Charles, born in Petermaritzburg in South Africa, was 31 years old and married with two daughters.