~ Horatio Nelson Grandson William George Ward Commissions ~
The Antiques Storehouse is proud to offer a collection of original documents relating to the Army career of William George Ward, the grandson of Admiral Lord Nelson.
Nelson's daughter Horatia (1801-1881) married the Reverend Phillip Ward (1795-1861) in February 1822 at Burnham Westgate Church, where he was then curate near her father's home village in north Norfolk. They had 10 children, seven boys and three girls, William being their sixth child.
The documents are housed in an original tin container with a green label reading: "Major W.G. Ward, Madras Staff Corps, Assistant Resident, Jaulnah.".
The contents include a printed picture of Horatia with a few penciled biographical notes on the back together with a photograph presumed to be her husband, the Reverend Phillip Ward.
The various commission documents chart William's rise from Ensign to Lieutenant Colonel of the Land Forces in Madras in 1877. Some sources appear to chart William's rise as far as Major, so it is possible some additional information about his career is contained here. Also present is a Military Fund Office subscription letter, three letters from Grindlay & co regarding pay, a hand-written letter to William from 1873, and some 'Statements' that make it clear that William's health suffered during his whole residence in India, culminating in a recommendation that he return to England's 'cold climate' for a period of 20 months in 1863. The commission and letters etc have the original signature's of various high ranking personnel. There is also one other personal letter sent from the Byculla Club not photographed below.
A collection of considerable interest once belonging to Admiral Lord Nelson's grandson.
~ Dimensions ~
The collection comes with metal case which is 13.5 inches (34cm) tall by 4.75 inches (12cm) wide and 1 inch (2.5cm) deep.
~ Condition ~
The condition of the collection is excellent. It is clear and readable with no major tears or stains to the paper, only minor age wear.