Richard Fowler Ward

Major Richard Fowler Ward is buried in Belfast City Cemetery. While serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps, he was killed in the Blitz of 5th May 1941.

Major

Richard Fowler Ward

41352

Major Richard Fowler Ward is buried in Belfast City Cemetery. While serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps, he was killed in the Blitz of 5th May 1941.

Major Richard Fowler Ward (41352) served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Second World War. He died on service during the Belfast Blitz on 5th May 1941.

Ward was born at 40 Berners Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, England in 1901. He was the son of Frank Fowler Ward and Florence Emily Ward (née King).

His father was born around 1871 in Blackfordby, Leicestershire, England. His mother was born around 1873 in Northborough, Lincolnshire, England. Frank was also a medical practitioner with a home practice. He was also a Freemason, becoming a member of the British Union Lodge, Ipswich in 1908.

Campbell College Military Hospital

Imperial War Museum Photo: Severe damage caused to the Nissen hut wards at Campbell College Military Hospital, Belfast. The Luftwaffe attacked the No. 24 British General Hospital in May 1941. This photo features in the book ‘Bodies In Our Backyard’ by Elaine McClure.

Richard had three younger siblings listed on the 1911 census. John Fowler Ward was 9 years old, May Elizabeth Ward was 5 years old, and Dorothy Fowler Ward was 3 years old. The Ward family also housed one governess, one housemaid, and a cook.

Richard Fowler Ward married Mary Lilian Turner in Ipswich in 1931. Mary was born in 1905 and was a physiotherapist. He was a member of the Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons and an honorary surgeon of East Suffolk Hospital, Ipswich.

Blitz damage at Campbell College

Imperial War Museum Photo: The Belfast Blitz of May 1941 devastated the No 24 British General Hospital at Campbell College, Belfast. The wards in the school grounds consisted mainly of Nissen huts. This photo features in the book ‘Bodies In Our Backyard’ by Elaine McClure.

Death during the Belfast Blitz

Major Ward served with the Royal Army Medical Corps at the time of his death. He died on 5th May 1941, one of nineteen medics and patients killed in the bombing of Campbell College Military Hospital. He was 39 years old. Richard Fowler Ward had been employed at the No. 24 British General Hospital based at the Belfast school. This was the final Luftwaffe attack on Belfast in what became known as the Belfast Blitz.

Major Richard Fowler Ward’s grave is in Glenalina Extension, Section AS, Grave 99 of Belfast City Cemetery, Belfast, Co. Antrim. His name features on the town war memorial in Ipswich and the Ipswich School Chapel memorial.

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