Ward, Alfred John (1872-1910)

Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910

Transcription of obituary published in the Primitive Methodist Magazine by M.T.P.

Alfred J. Ward died August 31st, beIng 28 years of age. Measured by service, he lived a full, eventful, useful life. From infancy he had an unbroken connection with the Church. He was for many years a member, and part of that time leader, of the choir. A faithful assistant class leader, an ardent worker in the Band of Hope, his chief work was rendered in the Sabbath School.

At the time of his death he was superintendent of a school of some 600 scholars. Firm, yet kindly, he exercised a great and beneficent influence over the child life entrusted to his care. He was a member of the South Shields Free Church Sunday School Union Committee. 

The spiritual made a great appeal to our brother. He scorned meanness and shams. Everywhere, in business, on the street, in social life, he was straight, true, upright. He had a high conception of the Christian life, and by teaching and example, sought to win others to God.


Alfred was born in 1872 at St Peter Port, Guernsey, to parents Jean Ward and Nancy Ogier. He was baptised on 31 May 1872 at St Peter Port. His father died while Alfred was young and his mother married William A Purvis, a shop watchman (1891).

Census returns identify the following occupations for Alfred.

  • 1891 tailor
  • 1901 potato carter

He married Margaret Lilias Dixon (1874-1902) in early 1901 at South Shields, Co. Durham.

He married Marion Taylor (1879-1957) in the summer of 1904 at South Shields, Co. Durham. Census returns identify three children.

  • Alfred John (1905-1999)
  • Olive Miriam (b1906)
  • Evelyn Melba (1908-1999) – married Frank Bielby in 1934

Alfred died on 31 August 1910 at South Shields, Co. Durham.


Primitive Methodist Magazine 1910/991

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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