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Board Name: England Genealogy
Gregory Ward Pearcedale, Victoria Australia Aug 15, 2000
I have been trying for many years to find relatives of my late father. Below is the only information about his past that I know (or beleive to know). Any help in my search would be greatly appreciated.

Name: Charles William WARD.
Date of Birth: August 11th 1918.
Place of Birth: East Ham, London, England.
Fathers Name: William WARD. (believed to be Irish born.)
Mothers Name: Alice WARD (nee JOHNSON)(Birthplace ??)
This was Alice Johnson's second marriage. She had one child from her previous marriage named Walter.
Alice WARD then had (10) ten more children to William WARD.
Only one of those children's names is known to us, and that is Irene.
We believe there were (5) five boys and (5) five girls to this marriage
Alice and William WARD's last known address was 26 West Bar, Bambury, Oxon, England in the 1930's-40's. ( Found in Charles WARD's RAAF enlistment records.)

William WARD is believed to have served with the British Army in India.
One of his son's (name unknown) is believed to have died at Dunkirk during World War II serving with the Irish Guards.
The WARD family lived in London until they lost their home in a German air raid and had to move to Devon.

Charles WARD claims to have been a friend of British boxer Tommy Farr during his youth.
Charles WARD also served in the British Merchant Navy.
Ship's Name ... "Kaipaki" Rank ... Sailor. Official No.165888
Dates Served ... 13/6/41 to 23/9/41 and 4/10/41 to 19/1/42
He served on the British ship "Rangatane," and paid off in Brisbane, Australia in 1942 approximately.
He served on Australian Merchant Ships:
"Iron Warrior"----- Melbourne, September 9th 1944 ??
"Mildura" --------- Melbourne, February 12th 1945.
"Dumosa"---------- Melbourne, July 27th 1945. "Malata" ---------- Dates Unknown.

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