The Ward Family – doing their bit for King and Country

The Ward family lived in New Elvet in the city of Durham, their father Christopher was a pub landlord, their mother was called Mary Jane.

Christopher Ward  was born 19th January, 1885 at the Cock Inn, New Elvet in Durham city

In 1911 he was a Helper-up at the pit.

Christopher joined the army as a regular soldier on 2nd February, 1914 and remained until 1st February 1926.  In the war he was in the 36th Royal Field Artillary Service No. 75649, he was a gunner.  Christopher was promoted to Corporal.

Medals Victory, British and Star

After the war Christopher worked for  Coulson Durham City Borer and Drillers  and later became  an Expert Artesian Well Engineer working in Devon.

In the Second World War  he was in ARP Beacon Assistant

He married Mary Hall , had one daughter Dorothy

Christopher died  30th July, 1964 Green Bank Hospital in Plymouth.

John Ward born 19th April, 1892 also at  the Cock Inn, New Elvet.

He attended St Oswalds Church of England Infant School on 6th January, 1896, later transferring to the Boys School.

In 1911 the family lived at the Newcastle Arms, New Elvet, and John was a Putter at the pit.

John joined the Durham Light Infantry, going through the ranks first, Lance Corporal, then  promoted to Corporal.  He was wounded in France in 1915.

In 1917  he married Elizabeth Wise in St Giles church Durham, and later had three children all girls.

After the was John returned to the pit, but later worked as a Postman at the Royal Mail and in 1939 he was a Royal Mail Van Driver, in the Second World War he was in the Post Office Home Guard.

Had two sisters that worked in munitions June (ward) Forster, Elenora (ward) Welsh.

Medals Victory,British and Star

John died in November 1964

Christopher Ward  was born 19th January, 1885  also at the Cock Inn, New Elvet.

In 1911 he was a Helper-up at the pit.

Christopher joined the army as a regular soldier on 2nd February, 1914 and remained until 1st February 1926.  In the war he was in the 36th Royal Field Artillary Service No. 75649, he was a gunner.  Christopher was promoted to Corporal.

Medals Victory, British and Star

After the war Christopher worked for  Coulson Durham City Borer and Drillers  and later became  an Expert Artesian Well Engineer working in Devon.

In the Second World War  he was in ARP Beacon Assistant

He married Mary Hall , had one daughter Dorothy

Christopher died  30th July, 1964 Green Bank Hospital in Plymouth.

James Ward  was born 8th December, 1897 at the Cock Inn, New Elvet, Durham City.

James loved boxing, and he frequently enjoyed boxing tournaments at the local fairgrounds, these would have been bare knuckle fights.

When war broke out James joined the Royal Leinsters Regmt. (Private 5928)  he served in Salonika from 9th February 1917 to 3rd June 1918 where he contracted malaria in August 1917  and was in hospital and in a report it stated “not available for any theatre of war”.  On 1st October, 1918 James was  tranferred to the Labour Corp (Service No. 121476).

James married  Lillian Elizabeth Hall on the 11th October, 1919 at St. Giles in Durham and  they had 7 children.

James joined Christopher at  Coulson Durham City Borer and Drillers.

Jane and Eleanora Ward (sister of the above) both worked in munitions.

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