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Ward, A. A.Ref 250-592
[18??-1???] Ran Ward's Commercial School, Brighouse in the late 19th century

Ward, AlfredRef 250-4

During World War I, he served with the Machine Gun Corps.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Ward, ArtemusRef 250-626
[18??-1???] The American showman presented his wax-work show at Halifax Drill Hall in 1881.

See Madame Tussaud

Ward, Rev Arthur WilliamRef 250-1775
[18??-19??] Wesleyan Minister.

He lived at 1 Savile Road, Halifax [1905]

Ward, BenRef 250-388
[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, BernardRef 250-2140
[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, CecilRef 250-948
[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 [Grave Ref 8],

He is remembered on the Memorial at Clay House, Greetland

Ward, ChristopherRef 250-2197
[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, CliffordRef 250-2141
[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'ArcyRef 250-795
[18??-19??] Curate at Brighouse [1919-1920]

Ward, DavidRef 250-140
[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, DavidRef 250-768
[1859-1927] Born in Halifax.

He was a plumber [1891, 1901, 1911]

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

Ellen was born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire


  1. Rowland
  2. Percy [b 1888]
  3. Hannah [b 1890]
  4. Nellie [b 1893] who was a cotton winder [1911]
  5. Cora [b 1896] who was a cotton warper [1911]

The family lived at

  • Columbus Street, Ovenden [1891]
  • 38 New Lane, Halifax [1901]
  • 21 Commercial Buildings, Lower Skircoat Green [1911]

Ward, Edward OatesRef 250-7580
[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 ElizabethRef 250-1998
[19??-] Councillor and Mayor of Hebden Royd [2006-2007]

Ward, EricRef 250-888
[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 Banneville-la-Campagne War Cemetery, France [Grave Ref XV E 8]

Ward, ErnestRef 250-2719
[18??-19??] Player with Halifax RLFC [1909]. He won caps for England while at Halifax

Ward, George ArthurRef 250-914
[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).

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [3rd November 1917].

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

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

Ward, George WhiteleyRef 250-2198
[1866-1???] Son of Christopher Ward.

He was educated at Rugby School [1881]

Ward, HenryRef 250-1373
[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, JamesRef 250-2196
[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 at Square Independent Chapel.

The family lived at

Grace was a widow by 1861

Ward, JamesRef 250-7560
[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, JamesRef 250-2702
[1875-1940] 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, JohnRef 250-385
[1???-17??] Halifax attorney

Ward, JohnRef 250-2519
[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, JohnRef 250-369
[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, JohnRef 250-2
[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 Grevillers British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref XVIII E 19].

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

Ward, JohnRef 250-5

He married Unknown.

They lived at Ada Street, All Souls' Road, Halifax.

He was a reservist and returned from America to enlist [1914].

During World War I, he served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 3rd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was killed in action [13th August 1918] (aged 33).

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, and on the Memorial at Saint Bernard's Catholic Church

Ward, John HenryRef 250-1031
[1886-1917] Born in Bradford.

On 10th June 1916, he married Ella Gibson [1889-1965] at Christ Church, Sowerby Bridge.

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 (2) Henry G. Wray in Halifax.

They lived at 27 Warley Town.

In 1938, Ella married (3) Albert Teal

Ward, John MillerRef 250-7870
[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 RobertRef 250-915
[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 WhiteleyRef 250-W280
[1826-1914] JP.

Son of James Ward.

He was a well-known local figure.

See Mary Bracken, Elizabeth Bracken and George Whiteley

Ward, JosephRef 250-106
[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, MichaelRef 250-755
[1???-1???] Of Halifax.

He married Hester Drake

Ward, PatrickRef 250-249
[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, PatrickRef 250-243
[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, PatrickRef 250-1041
[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 Arneke British Cemetery, France [Grave Ref II B 24].

He is remembered on Luddendenfoot War Memorial

Ward, PeterRef 250-4740
[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 DeardenRef 250-32
[1845-1931] JP.

Of Sapling Grove, Halifax.

Son of Elizabeth & David Ward.

Born in Halifax [7th August 1845].

Baptised 2nd September 1845.

He was a master dyer / owner of Ward's Dye Works at Washer Lane [1914] / sole proprietor of Ingham Brothers / an Honorary Freeman of the Borough [1925] / Mayor of Halifax [1905-1907].

He endowed Ward's Cottage Homes [1907].

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, RobertRef 250-2610
[19??-] Mayor of Hebden Royd [1992-1993]

Ward, Rowland WadsworthRef 250-773
[1886-1918] Son of David Ward.

Born in Halifax.

He was a cotton millhand [1901] / a cotton overlooker [1910] / a cotton doubling overlooker [1911] / 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 at St Paul's Spiritual Church, Alma Street.

Florence was born in Halifax, the daughter of Wilson Sutcliffe


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

The family lived at

  • 15 All Souls' Terrace, Boothtown [1911]
  • 38 Providence Place, Salterhebble

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] (aged 32).

His photograph appears with reports of his death in the Halifax Courier [30th November & 21st December 1918].

He was buried at Poix-Du-Nord Communal Cemetery Extension, France [Grave Ref I B 9]. and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance.

His brother-in-law William Patterson Bumstead also died in the War.

Florence died 5th September 1948 (aged 61).

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

Living with them [in 1911] were Florence's mother Emily Sutcliffe [b 1866] (worsted fancy coating mender)  and sister (?) Irene Sutcliffe [b 1902].

Ward, ThomasRef 250-1206
[17??-17??] Hatter in Halifax [1771]

Ward, ThomasRef 250-3
[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 in 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, W. C.Ref 250-6
[18??-18??] Recorded in 1874 when he performed interments at Lister Lane Cemetery

Ward, Rev WilliamRef 250-210
[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, WilliamRef 250-2247
[18??-19??] Plumber and engineer with business at Victoria Street East, Halifax [1905]

Ward, WillieRef 250-7
[1901-1964] Born in Halifax [10th June 1901].

He was a chauffeur [1926] / innkeeper of the Blue Ball, Norland [1939-1956] / landlord of the Bridge Hotel, Greetland [1957-1964].

On 11th September 1926, he married Betsy Crabtree in Sowerby Bridge.

Willie died at the Bridge Hotel in 1964.

Betsy took over at the Bridge Hotel [1964, 1967]


Ward surnameRef 250-1
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

© Malcolm Bull 2019
Revised 14:19 /14th August 2019 / mmw39 / 41804

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