1. Book:Beyond The Five PointsPgs 119-120

Awards & Titles:

Victoria Cross
Queen's South Africa Medal 2 x Clasps

Military :


Unit :King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry) 
Attached : 
Action :War Survivor 

Detail :

Company Sergeant Major, Charles Burley Ward, VC 2nd Battalion, The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

See also VC Online.

His Victoria Cross action a Lindley, Cape Colony, Orange Free State, South Africa was gazetted in the London Gazette 28th September, 1900.

"On the 26th June, 1900, at Lindley, a picquet of the Yorkshire Light Infantry was surrounded on three sides by about 500 Boers, at close quarters. The two Officers were wounded and all but six of their men were killed or wounded. Private Ward then volunteered to take a message asking for reinforcements to the Signalling Station about 150 yards in the rear of the post. His offer was at first refused owing to the practical certainty of his being shot; but, on his insisting, he was allowed to go. He got across untouched through a storm of shots from each flank, and, having delivered his message, he voluntarily returned from a place of absolute safety, and re-crossed the fire-swept ground to assure his Commanding Officer that the message had been sent. On this occasion he was severely wounded. But for this gallant action the post would certainly have been captured."

The medal was awarded by Queen Victoria herself just before she died, the last V.C. to be awarded during her reign.

A notification of his death appeared in the Western Mail 30th November, 1921:- "On 29th December, after prolonged illness, Charles Burley Ward, VC, of 3 Soberton-avenue, Cardiff. Funeral arrangements later."

A silent movie video of an interview which took place with Charles, shot in the early 20th century, exists on YouTube

Although many perished in times of National conflict and in the service of their country, many more survived. Stories of those who did survive are included as part of this site, especially those with Victoria or George Cross (including its predecessor - The Albert Medal), or those included against an external roll of honour.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Loyal Commercial No. 2720 E.C.South Wales

27th September 1913
22nd November 1913
7th March 1914

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