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Ward ...

The entries for people & families with the surname Ward are gathered together in this SideTrack.

This Page does not include people with other forms of the surname.

The individuals listed are not necessarily related to each other.

A. A. Ward [18??-1???]
Artemus Ward [18??-1???]
Rev Arthur William Ward [18??-19??]
Ben Ward [1877-1950]
Bernard Ward [1913-1996]
Cecil Ward [1915-1945]
Christopher Ward [1835-18??]
Clifford Ward [1911-1985]
D'Arcy Ward [18??-19??]
David Ward [1801-1884]
David Ward [1859-1927]
Edward Oates Ward [1882-1960]
Mrs Elizabeth Ward [19??-]
Eric Ward [1925-1944]
Ernest Ward [18??-19??]
George Arthur Ward [1877-1917]
George Whiteley Ward [1866-1???]
Henry Ward [18??-18??]
James Ward [17??-18??]
James Ward [1825-1???]
James Ward [1875-1940]
John Ward [1???-17??]
John Ward [17??-18??]
John Ward [1842-1907]
John Ward [1882-1916]
John Henry Ward [1886-1917]
John Miller Ward [1868-1928]
John Robert Ward [1892-1917]
John Whiteley Ward [1826-1914]
Joseph Ward [1892-1919]
Michael Ward [1???-1???]
Patrick Ward [1847-1919]
Patrick Ward [1887-1918]
Patrick Ward [1892-1918]
Peter Ward [1829-1863]
Richard Dearden Ward [1845-1931]
Robert Ward [19??-]
Rowland Wadsworth Ward [1886-1918]
Thomas Ward [17??-17??]
Thomas Ward [1845-1900]
Rev William Ward [1???-18??]
William Ward [18??-19??]

Ward, A. A.
[18??-1???] Ran Ward's Commercial School, Brighouse in the late 19th century

Ward, Artemus
[18??-1???] The American showman presented his wax-work show at Halifax Drill Hall in 1881.

See Madame Tussaud

Ward, Rev Arthur William
[18??-19??] Wesleyan Minister.

He lived at 1 Savile Road, Halifax [1905]

Ward, Ben
[1877-1950] On 6th June 1908, he married Hannah Isabella Hollas in Barkisland.

Hannah Isabella was the daughter of
Harry Hollas. Before the marriage, Hannah had an illegitimate son Edwin Hollas [1901-1963], father unknown


  1. twins Lawrence [b 1909]
  2. Percy [b 1909]
  3. Donald [b 1911]
  4. Albert [b 1913]
  5. Cecil [b 1915]
  6. Mary [b 1918]
  7. Phyliss [b 1921]

Ward, Bernard
[1913-1996] JP.

Born in Elland. Brother of Clifford Ward.

He had TB as a child.

He was an engineering apprentice. After gaining his qualifications, he was elected into the engineering union. He was District Secretary of the AEU [Amalgamated Engineering Union] at Halifax until retirement. As various Unions merged, his scope increased to cover Calderdale, and later Bradford and area.

In 1938, he married (1) Hilda Jowett [1916-1964]. The couple ran the local AEU club.

In 1965, he married (2) a widow, Mrs Mildred Cook [née Fearnley]. Mildred died in 2007

Ward, Cecil
[1915-1945] Son of Hannah Isabella (née Hollas) [1883-1971] & Ben Ward [1877-1950] of Barkisland.

Born in Ripponden.

He worked for Wright Hamer & Sons at Greetland.

In [Q2] 1938, he married Alice Poxon in Calder District.


  1. Kenneth [b 1945]

They lived at 81 Saddleworth Road, Greetland.

During World War II, he enlisted [1940], and served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion Green Howards (Yorkshire Regiment).

He died of wounds in Burma [2nd April 1945] (aged 28).

He is remembered on the Rangoon Memorial, Burma [8],

He is remembered on the Memorial at Clay House, Greetland

Ward, Christopher
[1835-18??] Son of James Ward.

He was an apprentice damask manufacturer [1851] / a worsted manufacturer [1861, 1871] / a worsted manufacturer employing 1000 people [1881] / partner in J. W. & C. Ward.

In 1863, he married Annie Collier [1846-1???] from Barnsley, in Halifax.


  1. George Whiteley
  2. Margaret Ann [b 1868]
  3. Jessie [b 1874]

The family lived at

  • 21 Savile Place, Halifax [1871 with 5 servants, 1881]
  • Nether Bank, Kendal [1891]

Annie was widowed by 1901

Ward, Clifford
[1911-1985] Born in Huddersfield. Brother of Bernard Ward.

He married Mary.


  1. Colin – who died in the Moorgate train disaster
  2. Sandra

He was active in local affairs, and

  • an active member of the Labour Party from early days
  • a councillor for the Boothtown area
  • Secretary of the Party Office until he retired
  • he helped to get Dr Shirley Summerskill elected as local MP
  • he was active with the Co-operative movement and served upon its board
  • he was keen on water supply issues

He lived at Chevinedge Crescent, Exley

Ward, D'Arcy
[18??-19??] Curate at Brighouse [1919-1920]

Ward, David
[1801-1884] (Possibly) born in Bradford.

He founded the Halifax Temperance Hotel and Ward's Temperance Hotel.

In 1823, he married Elizabeth Ingham [1803-1???] at Halifax Parish Church.


  1. son
  2. son
  3. son
  4. son
  5. daughter
  6. daughter
  7. daughter
  8. daughter

The family lived at (possibly) 27 Green Terrace, Skircoat [1871]

Ward, David
[1859-1927] Born in Halifax.

He was a plumber.

In [Q2] 1886, he married Ellen Bullock [1866-1924] in Halifax.

Ellen was born in West Bromwich


  1. Rowland Wadsworth

The family lived at

  • Columbus Street, Ovenden [1891]
  • New Lane, Salterhebble [1901]

Ward, Edward Oates
[1882-1960] Born in Elland.

He was a bearer (quarry) [1911] / a labourer [1936]

In [Q1] 1909, he married Lottie Mitchell [1880-1959].


  1. Florence [1912-19??] who married Frederick S. Hart
  2. Herbert who married Rosie Priestley

The family lived at

Ward, Mrs Elizabeth
[19??-] Councillor and Mayor of Hebden Royd [2006-2007]

Ward, Eric
[1925-1944] Son of J. Ward of King Cross, Halifax.

During World War II, he served as a Private with the 4th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment.

He died 19th August 1944 (aged 19).

He was buried at the Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, France [XV E 8]

Ward, Ernest
[18??-19??] Player with Halifax RLFC [1909]. He won caps for England while at Halifax

Ward, George Arthur
[1877-1917] Son of Thomas Ward.

Born in Halifax.

He was a member of Ebenezer Primitive Methodist Church, Halifax / a twine sorter [1891] / a cabinet maker [1901] / a life assurance agent [1911] / employed at the Halifax Branch of the Pearl Assurance Company, before moving to work at the branch in Gateshead.

In [Q3] 1901, he married Mary Ann Buffett in Halifax.

Mary Ann was born in Weston Colville, Cambridgeshire


  1. Harold Arthur [b Halifax 1903]
  2. Cyril [b Shipley 1905]
  3. Sam [b Jarrow 1907]

The family lived at

  • Crossley Terrace, Halifax
  • 73 Hyde Park Street, Gateshead, Durham [1911]
  • 205A Coatsworth Road, Gateshead

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 15th Battalion Durham Light Infantry.

He was killed in action at Polygon Wood [25th October 1917] (aged 40).

He was buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium [XXII C 1A].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Ebenezer Primitive Methodist Church

Ward, George Whiteley
[1866-1???] Son of Christopher Ward.

He was educated at Rugby School [1881]

Ward, Henry
[18??-18??] In April 1853, he was imprisoned for 1 month for stealing a coat, the property of F. E. Rawson of Halifax

Question: Could the victim of the theft be Frederick Edward Rawson?


Ward, James
[17??-18??] Maltster from Elland.

On 5th December 1821, he married Grace Whiteley [1803-18??] in Halifax.

Grace came from Halifax


  1. Mary [1823-1890] who married Frederick Augustus Tamplin
  2. John Whiteley
  3. Emily [b 1831]
  4. Christopher

All the children were baptised as Square Independent Chapel.

The family lived at

Grace is a widow by 1861

Ward, James
[1825-1???] Born in Stockport.

He was a (private family) gardener [1861] / a Methodist preacher [1861].

He married Ellen [1817-1???] from Wellington, Lancashire.

Ellen was a dress maker [1861]


  1. John [b 1848]
  2. James [b 1853]

The family lived at Willow Hall Yard, Skircoat [1861]

Ward, James

He lived at 29 Cross Hills / 8 Back Green Lane, Halifax.

65-year-old James was a civilian casualty of the Hanson Lane bomb which fell on 22nd November 1940.

He died on 24th November 1940

Ward, John
[1???-17??] Halifax attorney

Ward, John
[17??-18??] Of Basinghall Street, London.

On 27th November 1806, he married Jane Frances, daughter of Robert Lambert at Elland

In 1823, the couple bought Holwood House, Surrey from William Pitt the younger.

See Robert Lambert

Ward, John
[1842-1907] He was farmer of 25 acres [1871] / farmer [1875-1886] / landlord of the Griffin, Barkisland [1875-1886] / brewer [1891] / spinner (own account) [1901]

On 22nd May 1865, he married (1) Ruth Lumb [1845-1883] of Sowerby, at Elland Parish Church.

They had no children.

On 24th January 1884, he married (2) Mary France [1854-1912] from Barkisland, at Christ Church, Barkisland.


  1. John France [1887-1963]
  2. Maud [1888-1964]

The family lived at

  • Little Haven, Barkisland [1871]
  • Griffin Inn, Barkisland [1875-1886]
  • Marsden [1891, 1901]
  • The Dean, Marsden [1907]

John & Mary were buried at Christ Church, Barkisland

Ward, John
[1882-1916] Born in Norfolk.

He worked for Shoesmith's market gardeners.

He lived at 33 Rastrick Common.

He was a regular soldier with the Norfolk Regiment.

During World War I, he was called-up [August 1914], and served as a Private with the 7th Battalion Norfolk Regiment.

He was killed on the Somme [12th October 1916] (aged 34).

He was buried at the Grevillers British Cemetery, France [XVIII E 19].

He is remembered on Brighouse War Memorial, and on Rastrick War Memorial

Ward, John Henry
[1886-1917] Born in Bradford.

In [Q2] 1916, he married Ella Gibson in Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 15th December 1917.

He was buried at Warley Congregational Church [L 260].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge.

In [Q2] 1920, Ella married Henry G. Wray in Halifax.

They lived at 27 Warley Town

Ward, John Miller
[1868-1928] Born in Chatham, Kent.

He was a Methodist New Connexion minister – (possibly) Ambler Thorn New Connexion Church [1901].

In 1895, he married Gertrude Twyford [1872-1943] born in Stoke-in-Trent, in Stoke-in-Trent.


  1. John Twyford (Miller) [b 1896]

The family lived at

  • The Manse, Ambler Thorn [1901]
  • Hillcrest, Leigh, Stoke-on-Trent [1928, 1943]

The couple died in Leigh

Ward, John Robert
[1892-1917] Son of Frances Elizabeth & Robert Ward of Todmorden.

Born in Stanhope, County Durham.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 29th Battalion Australian Infantry (Australian Imperial Forces).

He died 26th September 1917 (aged 25).

He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium

Ward, John Whiteley
[1826-1914] JP.

Son of James Ward.

He was a well-known local figure.

See Mary Bracken, Elizabeth Bracken and George Whiteley

Ward, Joseph
[1892-1919] Son of Patrick Ward.

Born in Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the Durham Light Infantry.

He died 21st January 1919 (aged 26).

He was buried at Luddenden Cemetery [b U 494] alongside his brother Patrick who also died in the War`.

He is remembered on Luddendenfoot War Memorial

Ward, Michael
[1???-1???] Of Halifax.

He married Hester Drake

Ward, Patrick
[1847-1919] Born in County Mayo, Ireland.

He was a labourer / a woolcomber.

In 1877, he married Bridget Brown [1856-1929] in Halifax.

Bridget was born in County Mayo, Ireland


  1. Thomas [b 1878]
  2. John [b 1880]
  3. Mary [b 1882]
  4. William [b 1884]
  5. Margaret [b 1886]
  6. Patrick
  7. Annie [b 1891]
  8. Joseph
  9. Kate [b 1895]

The children were born in Halifax.

The family lived at

  • Southowram Bank [1881, 1891]
  • Thompson's Buildings, Burnley Road, Luddendenfoot [1901]
  • 19 Duke Street, Luddendenfoot [1911]
  • 64 Burnley Road, Luddendenfoot

Sons Patrick & Joseph died in World War I

Ward, Patrick
[1887-1918] Son of Patrick Ward.

Born in Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 3rd Battalion South Lancashire Regiment.

He died 12th February 1918 (aged 29).

He was buried at Luddenden Cemetery [b U 494] alongside his brother Joseph who also died in the War

Ward, Patrick
[1892-1918] Son of Thomas Ward.

Born in Luddendenfoot.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died in France / Flanders [2nd May 1918].

He was buried at the Arneke British Cemetery, France [II B 24].

He is remembered on Luddendenfoot War Memorial

Ward, Peter
[1829-1863] Of Brighouse.

He was buried at St Martin's Church, Brighouse

His headstone records that he was

Interred by his Lodge No. 151 of the Bolton United Order of Odd Fellows

Ward, Richard Dearden
[1845-1931] JP.

Of Sapling Grove, Halifax.

He was Mayor of Halifax [1905-1907].

He was a master dyer.

He had Ward's Dye Works at Washer Lane [1914].

He became sole proprietor of Ingham Brothers.

He endowed Ward's Cottage Homes in 1907.

He was made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough in 1925.

In [Q2] 1868, he married Hannah Kenyon [1846-1937] in Halifax.


  1. Jessie Ann [1876-1911] who married Samuel Wright
  2. Ethel Phebe [1880-1956] who married Samuel Hodgson
  3. Philip [1884-1911]

Richard died 26th September 1931 (aged 86).

Probate records show that he left an estate valued at £61,781.

Hannah died 23rd August 1937 (aged 91).

Members of the family were buried at King Cross Methodist New Connexion Chapel

Ward, Robert
[19??-] Mayor of Hebden Royd [1992-1993]

Ward, Rowland Wadsworth
[1886-1918] Son of David Ward.

Born in Halifax.

He was a cotton overlooker [1910] / employed at Salterhebble Cotton Mill / organist at St Paul's Spiritual Church & Lyceum, Halifax / accompanist at the Alhambra Cinema, Halifax.

On 12th March 1910, he married Florence Sutcliffe [1887-1948] at St Paul's Spiritual Church, Alma Street.

Florence was born in Halifax, the daughter of Emily [1866-1939] & Mr Sutcliffe


  1. Jessie [1915-2011] who married Mr Wright

The family lived at 15 All Souls' Terrace, Boothtown.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 9th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action [4th November 1918].

Florence died 5th September 1948 (aged 61).

Members of the family were buried at St Andrew's Church, Stainland

Ward, Thomas
[17??-17??] Hatter in Halifax [1771]

Ward, Thomas
[1845-1900] Born in Brandon, Suffolk.

He was a joiner & grocer [1881] / a cabinet maker [1891].

In 1876, he married Ellen Dean [1848-1???] in Halifax.

Ellen was born in Sowerby Bridge


  1. George Arthur
  2. Sam Dean [b 1879] who was an ironmonger's stock keeper [1901], a clerk [1911]
  3. Mary Alice [b 1881] who was a dressmaker [1901], a costumier [1911]
  4. Christiana [b 1884] who was a cotton winder [1901]
  5. Sarah Ellen [b 1886] who was a cotton twister [1901]
  6. John Thomas [b 1890] who was a boarder at The Orphanage [1901], a machine turner [1911]

The family lived at

  • 20 Bedford Street, Halifax [1881]
  • 36A Wadsworth Street, Halifax [1891]
  • 13 Crossley Terrace, Halifax [1901, 1911]

Thomas died in Halifax [1900] (aged 53).

In 1901, son John Thomas was a resident scholar at The Orphanage, Savile Park, Halifax, & son Sam Dean was an ironmonger's stock keeper, staying with his uncle, Robert E Ward, in Hackney, London. In 1911, they were both back living with their mother in Halifax

Ward, Rev William
[1???-18??] Missionary and oriental scholar who translated the scriptures into several eastern languages. He was well-known for his missionary work in Serampore.

He was a pupil of Dr John Fawcett's academy

Ward, William
[18??-19??] Plumber and engineer with business at Victoria Street East, Halifax [1905]


Ward surname
There are over 40 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Ward, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Ward:

Marriages 1810, 1905, 1907, 1912; Death 1899

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