Lt. Ward worked as a train operator in the Springhill coal mines prior to the war, enlisting in 1939. He trained as an officer with the North Nova Scotia Highlanders.
Lt. Ward was badly wounded at D-Day, left for dead when another soldier saw him twitching and realized he was having a seizure. Lt.Ward was rushed to hospital and survived. He was severely injured though, and was never able to walk again.
Lt. Ward went on to live an incredible life, fighting for disabled veterans rights and organizing a special unit for paraplegics. This unit later became the Quebec division of the Canadian Parapalegic Association, which provides healthcare, housing, transportation, and recreational activities for disabled veterans. Lt. Ward was awarded the Order of Canada in 1984, before passing away in 1986. If you’re interested in seeing Harry’s medals, stop by the museum to learn more.