Wakefield Soldier Wins M.M.
Wakefield Express 10th February 1945.
Wakefield Solder wins M.M. – It is announced that the Military Medal has been awarded to L/Cpl Harry Ward, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, of Wakefield, for services in North West Europe. The citation states: “He has done outstanding work since he came into the line. On one occasion he commanded a stretcher bearer party which brough in a wounded officer and man under fire; he persevered even after he had made two attempts which were not successful and on the third attempt led his party up the road, which was covered by the enemy’s machine-guns and finally crawled back with the wounded men although it necessitated two journeys. The distance that he had to cover was almost 200 yards on each occasion. Ob many other occasions this N.C.O. has displayed courage and leadership by leaving his slit trench in the midst of enemy mortar fire and artillery fire to go to the assistance of wounded men. His example and constant cheerfulness has been a outstanding example to his comrades.”
The above information tells of how Harry was awarded the Military Medal, but who was he before he went to war?