Percy Thomas Ward was born in Weymouth, Dorset, England in early 1872 and he was later baptised on 5 July that same year in Holy Trinity Church, Weymouth. He was the son of Thomas Alfred Ward (b. 1840), a coast guard, and Mary Hobbs (b. 1838). His father was a native of St Pancras, Middlesex and his mother from Burton, Wiltshire and the couple had married in Portsea in 1865.
Percy had two known siblings (but very likely several more); his known siblings were: Sidney Fred (b. 1874) and Elizabeth Catherine (b. 1877).
Percy and his family appear on the 1881 census living at Norfolk House, Prison Path in Woking, Surrey where his father was now working as a prison officer. There is no sign of the family on the 1891 census records
Percy was married in Greenwich, London in 1895 to Annie Kelvie (b. 1869 in Greenwich, London) and the couple had two children: Annie Muriel (b. 1896) and Percival Arthur (b. 1898), both born in Charlton, Kent.
Percy and his family appear on the 1901 census living at 558 Woolwich Road, Charlton, the home of his wife's maternal grandmother, Frances Wild, and Percy was described as a dockyard labourer. The family later moved to Southampton and are recorded on the 1911 census living at 36 Richville Road, Shirley, Percy now described as a ship's steward.
Percy was on board the Titanic for her delivery trip from Belfast to Southampton. When he signed-on again, in Southampton, on 4 April 1912, he gave his address as 36 Richville Road, Shirley, (Hampshire). His last ship had been the St Louis. As a bedroom steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.
Percy Ward died in the sinking. His body, if recovered, was never identified. His estate, worth £169, 8s, 1d, was administered to his widow Annie on 22 June 1912.
Annie Ward did not remarry and died in the 1950s.
His daughter Annie Muriel was married in Southampton in 1917 to Walter Charles John Dawkins (1896-1971) and she had two children. She died in Berkshire in 1992 aged 96.
His son Percival is believed to have married later in life but what became of him thereafter is not known.
Geoff Whitfield, UK
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