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Another WARD family


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1913 Ship: Orsova
Alfred Mussett 38 a Stationer
Harriet Mussett 26
Alfred Mussett 5
Alice Mussett 3
Marjorie Mussett 1
Jane E Mussett 66
William Ward 41 Fruiterer
Ethel Ward 33
Kathleen Ward 6m
Doris Ward 11
George Ward 16

George married in England in 1919:

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1919 Marriage solemnized at St Mary Magdalene Church Holloway in the Parish of Islington in the County of London
No. 351 - August 30th 1919
George Herbert Ward - 22 - Bachelor - Soldier - Australian Imperial Force - William Ward -
Jessie Sainsbury - 22 - Spinster - 36 Ronalds Road - James Sailsbury - Builder
Married in the above church according to the Rites and Ceremonies of the Established Church after Banns by me A. W.? Ebliman ? Vicar
Both signed
Witnesses: J. Sainsbury, I. ? E. Mence ?

A daughter Muriel was born in England:

Births Dec Qtr 1919
Ward Muriel -Sainsbury W.Ham 4a 344

George and Jessie were in Australia by 17 Aug 1920 but don't know when they arrived ???

1930 & 1936 NSW Electoral Roll - Newcastle - Merewether
WARD George Herbert, 3 Janet st., Merewether, collector
WARD Jessie, 3 Janet, st., Merewether, home duties

1943 NSW Electoral Roll - Newcastle - Merewether
WARD George Herbert, 3 Janet street, Merewether, collector
WARD Jessie, 3 Janet street, Merewether, home duties
WARD Ralph William, 3 Janet street, window dresser

Ralph was born in Sydney 17 Aug 1920.

No sign of Muriel in the E/R in 1943. Did she make it to Australia?
Dave have you read his military record?
If not i would if i was you :biggrin:

Lots of bits of info in it. Has his marriage details and also the last page has dates for his arrival back into Australia. 27 March embarked with wife no mention of a child.
Also it has the name of the ship.

WARD George Herbert : Service Number - 22178 : Place of Birth - London England : Place of Enlistment - Sydney NSW : Next of Kin - (Father) WARD William
Thanks gibbo. :)

I did read it a few years ago. :biggrin:

Enlisted Sydney, NSW 20 Nov 1917 - S/N 22178 Sapper FCE [Field Company Engineers] - 20 yrs 8 mo Clerk - NOK Ward William living at Strickland ave., Roseville, NSW - Embarked Sydney, NSW HMAT A34 'Persic' 21 Mar 1918 - Served in France - Returned to Australia per 'Zealandic' 15 May 1920 - Discharged 14 Jun 1920
Ok, so now it's just the Muriel mystery.

George died 1958 but not in Ryerson so no death notice. I don't know when Jessie died so again no death notice to mention children.

Also don't know when Ralph died.
All 3 are still together in 1954, same place.

1958 George and Jessie are still there.
These are Ralph's new details:
31 Lloyd Street, theatre manager. At the same address is a Barbara Evelyn Ward, hd.

Jessie is now on her own s/a.

Ralph and Barbara are still in Lloyd St.

Ralph and Barbara still there with a Roger Stephen Ward, Student.

1911 census.

George Herbert Ward
Age 14
Est Birth Year: abt 1897

Birth Place: London, Islington.
Civil Parish: Islington

Address - 29 Park Street, Islington, London N.
Reg Dist - Islington
Reg Dist Number - 10
Sub-reg District: Islington South East
ED - 25

William Ward 41. b.Islington. Occ. Greengrocer. Married 4 years.
Ethel Kate Ward 31. b. Clapton.
George Herbert Ward 14. at School.
Doris Kathleen Ward 9
Daisy Silla Wren 18. Servant. b.Wareside, Herts.

Thanks Geoff.

Thanks Steve.

Will have to hope a death notice if one can be found mentions sister Muriel.
The vicar you mention was Alfred George Welchman. Like you, I thought he used 2 initials "A" and "W" and that his surname began with "E" but he signed as A. Welchman, what we thought was his second initial was the first letter of his surname ie "W".

I acknowledge, and am grateful for, the help of Lambeth Palace archive office in solving this mystery for me.

My interest in Alfred is that he annotated a letter concerning the will of my great grandfather who was killed on the Somme in 1918. Like most soldiers it is assumed he wrote his will in his paybook which was lost. The war office required some evidence about the contents of his will before the estate could be finalised. My great grandmother said he had told her not to worry because he had left everything to her in his army will. Her sister wrote that he had said the same thing to her. Alfred Welchman as vicar and a man of standing who knew the family said their evidence, presented in February 1919, was reliable. The war office accepted this and the estate was released in her favour.

Hope this is interesting to you.

Alan Diver
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Hello Alan and welcome to the Forum.

Thanks for the info. I will correct the vicar's name in my tree.

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I have not searched past 1984 in the rolls yet.

1984 NSW Electoral Roll - Newcastle - Merewether
WARD Ralph William, 31 Lloyd St, Merwthr, manager
WARD Barbara Evelyn, 31 Lloyd St, Merwthr, hd
WARD David William, 31 Lloyd St, Merwthr, stdnt

Death 15440/1958 WARD GEORGE - WILLIAM - KATE - WYONG * 17 Jun 1958

Not in Ryerson - No notice in SMH Wed 18 - Sat 21.

1977 NSW Electoral Roll - Newcastle - Merewether
WARD Jessie, 3 Janet St, Merwthr 2291, hd

1980 ? Not Newcastle - Merewether

1984 ? Can't find ?

Death Death 101316/1985 WARD JESSIE - JAMES - EMMA * 3 Feb 1985

Not in Ryerson - Can't find a notice in SMH 4, 5 or 6.
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The Sydney Morning Herald - Wednesday 2 February 1949 p.24
CHAMBERS - WARD.-The Engagement is announced of Jill, only daughter of Mr and Mrs G. H. Ward of Newcastle, to Allan, youngest son of Mrs O. Chambers of Paddington and the late Mr F. Chambers.

1984 NSW Electoral Roll - Hunter - Cessnock City
CHAMBERS Francis Allan, 40 Mayfield St, Csnck, proj'nist
CHAMBERS Jill Doris, 40 Mayfield St, Csnck, hd

Muriel must have died young. There is no death in England or in NSW index.
Service Record
Service Australian Army
Service Number NX104030 (N26995)
Date of Birth 17 Aug 1920
Place of Birth SYDNEY, NSW

Date of Enlistment 3 Aug 1942
Locality on Enlistment MEREWETHER, NSW
Place of Enlistment RAYMOND TERRACE, NSW
Next of Kin WARD, GEORGE
Date of Discharge 9 Aug 1946
Rank Corporal
Posting at Discharge 2 COMPANY BEACH GROUP AAMC
WW2 Honours and Gallantry None for display
Prisoner of War No

Jill was born after Ralph.