The entertainer

Stanley Ward (Stan) 

Stan Ward

Stan Ward in the First World War.
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Stanley Ward was a young man of 18 and professional violinist when the War broke out in 1914. He answered the call for recruits alongside his brother George and both joined the 12th Middlesex Regiment. George sadly did not return from the war but Stan did.

Stan, however, made Sergeant before being injured whilst fighting in France in 1916 and sent back to a hospital in Birmingham, England to recover.

Once on the mend Stan transferred to Shoreham Army Camp in 1917 to finish his recovery and train for his return to the Front. At Shoreham Stan put his musical, and it turns out comedic, talents to good use entertaining the locals and troops as part of a Pierrot group called ‘The Wromps’.

After the war he continued his career as a musician and he lived and played his piano to the grand old age of 90.

Information supplied by grandson Nick Gardner.

Stan (far right, middle row) as a 'Wromp'. Photo credit 12. Creative Commons license CC BY-NC.

Stan (far right, middle row) as a ‘Wromp’.
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Stan 90

Stan in his 90’s still at the piano.
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