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George Ward

Civilian Palmer Shipbuilding.


(d.15th June 1915)

George Ward, Civilian, was an apprentice fitter and turner at Palmers and died age 18, on the way to hospital in Newcastle, as a result of injuries sustained during a Zeppelin raid on Tuesday, the 15th June 1915. He was remembered on the plaque in the old Stirling Foundry building dedicated to those killed in the raid. He is buried at Jarrow Cemetery. Section 9.

At an inquest held at night he was identified by his father Hector Ward who said that he was working on Tuesday night and the last time he saw him alive was at 2130 when he came home for supper. At 2330 the witness' wife awakened him. Looking out the window, witness saw a Zeppelin high up in the sky. It was not carrying any lights. Witness saw a flash of light, which was followed by an explosion. Several other explosions followed like the sound of bursting bombs. He went to the place where the bombs fell. Some were killed and others injured, but he did not see his son. About 1530 on Wednesday a driver of an ambulance called at the house and informed him that his son had died on the way to hospital. Witness went there and found his son had been injured about the head and body.

George was born in Jarrow 1897 son of Hector and Mary Ward nee Law of Jarrow. His father Hector was born in Jarrow 1868 and worked in a paper mill. Hector was a boarder at 1 Church Street (Law Family) at the census date in 1911 along with his wife Mary born Jarrow 1870. Their other sons John Law Ward was born Jarrow in 1900 and Hector in 1907. Daughter Annie was born in 1904.

The raid was carried out by Zeppelin LZ40(L10) commanded by Kapitan Leutnant Hirsch. It was later destroyed near the Neuwerk Islands, Germany by lightning in September 1915.

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