In Memoriam: WW1

Updated 21 June 2015.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission  lists the names and place of commemoration of the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars.

In France, microfiched records, Mémoires des Hommes are kept by the Ministère de la Défense.

These are the men named EZARD/EZART who gave their lives during the First World War:

Sapper Edward EZARD
12135, “B” Coy, Signal Corps, Royal Engineers
Died 24 August 1914, aged 31 years.
Son of Mr and Mrs J Ezard of Manchester
Husband of P Ezard of 32 Newton Cottage, The Friary, Salisbury
There is a note that he also served in the South African campaign.

Bavay Communal Cemetery, about 20kms south west of Mons. There are twelve WW1 Commonwealth graves in the cemetery.

Gaston Marie Eugène EZARD
Soldat de 2ème classe
169e Régiment d’Infanterie
Mort pour la France 15 mai 1915, 20 ans
Au Bois de Prêtre

It était né 24 mai 1894, Vendôme, Loir-et-Cher, France.

Private Harry EZARD
59964 9th (Northumberland Hussars) Bn, Northumberland Fusiliers
Died 22 March 1918, aged 19 years
Son of George and Jane Ezard of “Northgate”, Walkington
Husband of Mabel Ezard of “East End”, Walkington, Beverley

Commemorated on the Arras Memorial in Faubourg-d’Amiens Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. There are 35,000 names of servicemen from the United Kingdom, New Zealand and South Africa on this Memorial.

2nd Lieut Herbert Henry EZARD, 1891-1917
24th Squadron Royal Flying Corps
Died 30 May 1917, aged 25 years
Son of Dr E H and Mrs Mary Ezard of Clare Cottage, Castle Street, Cambridge

Served initially in the Canadian Army Service Corps, 1915, and was an Acting-Sergeant (Service No 2714). In 1917 he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps and was gazetted 2nd Lieutenant on 20 May; ten days later he lost his life in a flying accident near Netheravon, Wiltshire. He had  total of 2 hours 25 minutes solo flying when he mis-judged a turn and his plane plummeted 150 feet to the ground, killing him instantly*. British by birth, he grew up Lewisham (south London) and went to Canada in 1907 (aged 16). He worked on a farm and later as a mechanic in Winnipeg, returning to England with the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

* For a transcript of the Inquest report from the Salisbury Times, 1 June 1917, please see

Buried at Figheldean (St Michael) Churchyard, near Salisbury in Wiltshire, England

Pte William EZARD
16667, “D” Coy, 7th Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Died 6 September 1916, aged 26 years
Son of Emily Clulow (formerly Ezard) and the late Charles Ezard of 114 Palmerston Street, Ancoats, Manchester

Commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial (the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme) in Somme, France. The memorial bears the names of the 72,000 officers and men from the United Kingdom and South African forces.

Pte Alfred Edward EZART
150, 21st Bn, Australian Infantry, A.I.F
Died 26 August 1916, aged 20 years
Son of John Alfred and Frances Amelia Ezart of 21 Alfred Street, North Fitzroy, Victoria.
There is a note that he was born at Port Melbourne.

Commemorated on the Villers-Brettoneux Memorial in the Villers-Brettoneux Military Cemetery, about 16 kms east of Amiens, Somme, France. There are 10,737 names recorded on the memorial.

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