Inscription on choir stalls (since removed)
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN
LOVING MEMORY OF BERNARD
EDWARD WARD AND CHARLOTTE
EUGENIA HIS WIFE OF SOUTH HILL
BASSETT, THESE CHOIR STALLS WERE
ERECTED BY THEIR CHILDREN. MCMIV
Marriage recorded for Bernard Edward Ward to Charlotte Eugenia Smith, Jul-Sep 1869, Hertford, Vol 3a, page 413.
In the 1881 census, Bernard Edward Ward (b.1827, Berwick, Sussex) was married to Charlotte E. (b.1838, London). They lived in New Basset, North Stoneham, Hampshire (now in Southampton). He was a retired Lt.Col. with the 60th Rifles regiment.
Also present were children; Eugenia G. (b.1872, Christchurch), Violet E.M. (b.1873, Christchurch), Bernard J.H. (b.1875, North Stoneham), Wilfrid H. (b.1877, North Stoneham) and Rose J. (b.1879, North Stoneham).
They had 9 staff listed. A governess, cook, nurse, parlourmaid, ladiesmaid, housemaid, nursemaid, kitchenmaid and coachman.
Source Citation: Class: RG11; Piece: 1223; Folio: 99; Page: 22; GSU roll: 1341299.
In 1891, the family still lived in North Stoneham. Bernard Edward was now also a J.P. at County Halls. Also present were Charlotte and four children; Edward F. (b. 1870, London) who was a Lieutenant with the 7th Battalion R.R.Rifles, Eugenia G., Violet E.M. and Rose I. The girls were all students.
They again had 9 staff listed and in the same or similar roles.
Source Citation: Class: RG12; Piece: 929; Folio 115; Page 17; GSU roll: 6096039.
Bernard Edward Ward was for many years a churchwarden at Highfield Church. Source: Highfield Church Southampton 1847-1997, Elizabeth Reader.
Death record for Bernard Edward Ward, aged 67, Oct-Dec 1894, South Stoneham, Vol. 2c, page 47.
In the 1901 census, Charlotte was shown widowed and living by her own means, at South Hill, Bassett, South Stoneham with daughters Eugenia and Rose. At this time, 7 staff were listed. (This may have been the same address as previously shown, but may have changed due to boundary changes).
Source Citation: Class: RG13; Piece: 1071; Folio: 10; Page: 11.
Death record for Charlotte Eugenia Ward, aged 66, Jan-Mar 1904, South Stoneham, Vol. 2c, page 60.
Further details about this family and their descendants can be found at ThePeerage.com. Scroll down the page to find the correct entry.
Following the removal of the choir stalls in an internal reorganisation of the church, the family were contacted and given the plaque.
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Birth, Marriage & Death records obtained from Freebmd.org.uk.
For war dead the burial information was obtained from CWGC.org