Nelson Ward was the son of Philip Ward and Horatia Nelson and so was the grandson of Admiral Lord Nelson. He was baptised in Bircham Newton, Norfolk on 5th May 1828, and died 6 February 1917 at Blighmont House , Regent’s Park. He retired to Southampton in about 1898 from his position as Senior Registrar of the Chancery Division of the High Courts of Justice.
He married Jessie Bird on 12th May 1864 in St Marylebone, Westminster. For most of their family life, they lived in Pinner, Middlesex. They had eight children, of whom four were living with their parents at Blighmont in 1911: Nelson Ward (46), Rose Nelson Ward(44), Florence Nelson Ward (44) and Kathleen Nelson Ward (38), all single. Nelson and Jessie are buried at Holy Trinity Church, Millbrook.


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