vaward (n.) 1
[military] vanguard, foremost division
1H6 I.i.132 [Third Messenger to all, of Falstaff] He, being in the vaward ... / Cowardly fled
Cor [Cominius to Martius, of the Volsces] Their bands i'th' vaward are the Antiates
E3 III.iii.220 [King Edward to Prince Edward] The leading of the vaward, Ned, is thine
H5 IV.iii.131 [York to King Henry] I beg / The leading of the vaward