Died: 26 January 1950; Allanton Park Terrace, Fairlie
FRANCIS WARD was born 07 Aug 1885 in West Kilbride, to parents
John, general labourer, and Rose Ann McSherry (who
were married in Saltcoats on 04 Nov 1884).
He died at home at 7 Allanton Park Terrace, Fairlie on
26 Jan 1950 (aged 64, county cleaning employee (ret.), married).
He married Mary Ann McLaughlin in
Ardrossan in 1907.
the 1901 Census, aged 15 and an agricultural labourer, he is living Bridgend,
Main Street, West Kilbride with parents John (40,
gen. lab., b West Kilbride) and Rosa (39, b Ireland) and siblings James
(13), Mary (11), John (9) and Alice (6).
Also in household are boarders and visitors, including Rosa's father
James McSherry (wool merchant, b. Ireland)
In the 1911 Census, he is aged 26,
a farm servant/labourer, living Rosemuir, West Kilbride with wife Mary Ann (25, b. West Kilbride, m 4 years, 1 child)
and John (2, b. West Kilbride)
The 1915 Valuation Roll has Francis
Ward, road surfaceman; Main Street, Fairlie, and in the 1920 Valuation Roll,
Francis Ward, road surfaceman is at 7 Allanton Park Terrace, Fairlie.
medal index card was found, but his regiment is
given on the plaque as ‘R.F.A.’ (Royal Field Artillery?). The Largs and Millport Weekly News reported
on 10 Feb 1917 that he’d been called up for military service, and on 05 Jan
1918 that he was home on leave.
Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly
10 February 1917 Mr. Frank Ward, who for several years has
attended to the cleaning and lighting of the village, has been called up for
military service, and left at the beginning of the week for an English training
5 January 1918 Several
of our soldier lads were on leave last weekend.
Amongst them we noticed Sgt.
Robert Douglas, Sgt. J. Lockhart, Corp. Stuart McAulay, Gunner Frank Ward,
Signaller David Lyme (RNVR). They are
all looking very fit.