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Frederick Ward / Lillian Scott

A short history of the lives of my great-grandparents Frederick and Lillian Ward.

Frederick Ward and Lillian Scott were both born in Lincolnshire, Frederick in 1882 in Fiskerton and Lillian in 1887 in Hemingby. Frederick was a farm worker and Lillian worked as a domestic servant during her teenage years. They were married in 1909 at Hemingby and afterwards lived in Woodhall Spa, near Horncastle.

Frederick and Lillian, along with their three small children, left England in late 1913 on the ship “Ionic”, bound for New Zealand where they disembarked in Lyttelton. They lived in Southland for about a year, where Frederick’s uncle Frederick Skipworth owned a farm.  A fourth child Mary was born here, 6 weeks after landing. In 1915 they moved to Kakaramea in Taranaki, where two of Lillian’s sisters were living. They spent some years dairy farming in the area, and their youngest daughter Ethel was born in Normanby in 1920. Shortly after her birth Frederick died of pneumonia, aged 37 and is buried in the Hawera cemetery.

Lillian continued living in the area, by some accounts going into a farming partnership with her sister and brother-in-law. However Lillian became very sick during 1930 and was seriously ill in hospital when her youngest daughter Ethel died of meningitis in August of that year. Lillian died from cancer 3 months later in November 1930. Lillian and Ethel are buried in the Patea cemetery.

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