Papers of Private William Ward, 1st Leicestershire Regiment of Foot

Scope and Content

The papers comprise:

  • William Ward's printed army account book, or pocket ledger (London: 1893), containing personal details and certificates, 1895-8
  • Ward's pocket-book containing:
    • miscellaneous memoranda
    • lists of men and provisions
    • a list of Ward's whereabouts, 1894-1902, mainly during the Boer war
    • copies of army orders, 1900
    • maps of and notes on the battles of Colenso and Dundee, and the assault on Ladysmith, 1899-1900
    • a list of degrees of drunkenness, ranging from 'Mortally inebriated' to 'Sober as a judge'.

Administrative / Biographical History

Private William Ward, later Sergeant, (fl 1894-1902) of the 1st Leicestershire Regiment of Foot.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

Given to the Library with related papers (MSS. Eng. misc. c. 882, fols. 188-206), in 1982.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A description is available in the Library, where there is also a card index to unpublished catalogues.

Related Material

Papers relating to Sgt. Ward, including certificates of character and discharge (MSS Eng. misc. c. 882, fols. 188-206).