I found this old old soldiers POW dog tags and brass POW money and wanted to look at his record to see if there is any next of kin alive at home. I would hope these are to precious to be laying around in some old American Navy Veterans home. It seems he surrendered in Malaysia and must have been tough because that is where the Japanese general we executed after the war was in charge (tiger of Malaysia). It seems it will cost me $54. US dollars to have a record transferred to an electronic reading room. Wish I was in that racket, right click, transfer file etc. over here in the colonies, I get printed copies of my confederate ancestor military records sent to me for $10. That is 1861-1865. Also any vet records we fought in all wars till now. FREE. His collection also came with the French medal of merit, maybe he was at Dunkirk also since he was born in London. I will be glad to send these back to australia for your museum. A shame for a man to suffer for 3 years at the hands of wackos and then all his stuff get scattered, but I find it all the time, especially Japanese 1,000 stitch belts pulled out of old barns brought home by some 18 yr old marine. Thank you, some day I hope to travel to your fine country and see your Museums.

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Hi Kerry,

Unfortunately the NAA hiked the prices up last year  (I believe they added 100-150% to the original price). Many people have voiced their disappointment, but to no avail.  However, there is still some stuff to find on other sites:

 

Edward Causaer/Causier Ward b abt1910 Whiteford Castleford England, d 24 Oct 1987 VIC (Residence: Mt Eliza), cremated 29 Oct1987 Springvale botanical cemetery

 

Veteran details

Name: WARD, EDWARD CAUSAER

Service: Australian Army

Service Number: VX16568

Date of Birth: 17 Jun 1910

Place of Birth: ENGLAND

Date of Enlistment: 29 Feb 1940

Locality on Enlistment: AUBURN, VIC

Place of Enlistment: HAWTHORN, VIC

Next of Kin: WARD, WILLIAM

Date of Discharge: 01 Sep 1945

Rank: Signalman

Posting at Discharge: 2/17 Battalion

Prisoner of War: Yes

Honours: None for display

Source: http://nominal-rolls.dva.gov.au/veteran?id=428904&c=WW2#R

 

POW details

Surname: WARD

First Name: EDWARD

Second Name: CAUSAER

Service Number: VX16568

Unit/Ship/Squadron: 2/7 INFBn

Rank: Private

Held-Captured by: German

Comments: Held Stalag 13C POW number 10431

Source: http://www.powmemorialballarat.com.au/world-war-2-w-z.php

 

rgds Sylvia

PS William could have been his older brother:

England and Wales Census, 1911

Name: Albert Edward Ward

Event Place: Whitwood, Whitwood Mere Castleford, Yorkshire (West Riding), England

County: Yorkshire (West Riding)

Parish: Whitwood

Sub-District: Castleford

Registration District: Pontefract

Gender: Male

Age: 41

Marital Status (Original): MARRIED

Occupation: COAL MAINER HEWER

Birth Year (Estimated): 1870

Birthplace: Methley, Yorkshire

Relationship to Head of Household: Husband

Line: 1

Page: 1

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Household Role Sex Age Birthplace

Albert Edward Ward      Husband     M     41    Methley, Yorkshire

Sarah Ward Wife F     38    Whitwood Mere, Yorkshire

William Ward      Son   M     15    Whitwood Mere, Yorkshire

John Ward   Son   M     7     Lochlane Castleford, Yorkshire

Emily Ward Daughter    F     4     Lochlane Castleford, Yorkshire

Edward Causier Ward     Son   M     0     Whitwood Mere, Yorkshire

William was his brother according to Edward's POW card:

https://gallery.its.unimelb.edu.au/imu/imu.php?request=multimedia&a...

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