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Name: G Kenneth WARD
Casualty No.: Ranks: Sergeant Pilot Initials: G K Service No.: 1503937
Date of Birth : 21/12/1943 Place of Birth : Heddon on the Wall, Northumberland. Age at Death: 21
Unit: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.
Former Unit(s):
Place Enlisted:
Place of Residence: Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 10 Ellison Terrace, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: Moorland Avenue, Bedlington Station, Northumberland.
Civilian Employment: Worked at the Cement Marketing Board, Carliol House, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland.
How Died: As a result of a flying accident.
Date of Death:
Place of Death:
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Greenside War Memorial, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. St John's Church, Roll of Honour, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Ryton Cemetery, Hexham Old Road, Ryton on Tyne, Co.Durham.
Decoration and Medals: 1939-45 Star. War Medal.
Photographs: 2
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary: Newcastle Evening Chronicle, In Memoriam; 21st December 1944.
Family Details:
Son of Mr and Mrs. George H. Ward, of 10 Ellison Terrace, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Uncle: Alf. Aunt: Hilda.
Notes : Kenneth trained with the RAF as a night fighter pilot in South Africa. He devoted all of his spare time to studying aviation. He was a former member of the Air Training Corps which was the first squadron to be formed on Tyneside. It is believed that Kenneth was killed when his aircraft clipped some trees during a night time landing.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Newcastle Sunday Sun, 26th December 1943. Tyne and Wear Archives Service, Register of War Burials.
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