Charles Parry WARDE was born 06 July 1859 in Hazaribagh, Bengal, India. He married Henrietta Evelyn LANE 02 October 1886 in Hazaribagh, Bengal, India. He died 07 February 1949 in St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands. Henrietta Evelyn LANE was born 1864. She died 07 March 1895 in Howrah, Bengal, India.

Children of Charles Parry WARDE and Henrietta Evelyn LANE are:
1. Charles Francis WARDE, b. 25 July 1889
2. Evelyn Daisy WARDE, b. 18 May 1887
3. Thomas William WARDE, b. 07 January 1893
4. Muriel Kathleen WARDE, b. 28 July 1890
5. Cecil Harold WARDE, b. 03 April 1894
6. Vivian Ernest WARDE, b. 18 September 1891
7. Gertrude Helen WARDE, b. 22 August 1888

Other Marriages/Unions for Charles Parry WARDE:
See Charles Parry WARDE & Louisa Mary Ann KNIBBS

Notes for Charles Parry WARDE:

Charles studied at the Calcutta University in India and passed the examinations for a Licence in Civil Engineering in August 1883. In 1884 he became an assistant engineer, and then in April 1885, a Permanent Assistant Engineer, working for the Bolan Railways in Beluchistan, India. In August 1885 he transferred to the Hazaribagh Division, and relocated to Bengal. In July 1886, he became Assistant Engineer working for the Public Works Department at Bengal.

Charles was the son of Francis (Frank) Warde and Amelia Townsend. The LDS IGI site has it that Francis (Frank) was born in 1823 and Amelia in 1826. Francis and Amelia married 12 Aug 1850 at Calcutta, Bengal, India. The groom's father was also a Francis Warde and I'm told by his granddaughter, that he was a Commander of Steam Ships in Calcutta.

Amelia died 16 Nov 1884 at Calcutta, Bengal, India.

The LDS has an Amelia Townsend born 8 Apr 1826 at Berchampore, Bengal, India, daughter of Edward and Maria Townsend.

From the Jersey Heritage Trust web site:
D/Y/B1/1/27 Will and Testament of Charles Parry Warde, son of Frank, of 5, The Terrace, St Helier. Bequeaths to Louisa Mary Ann Knibbs, his wife, the property of 2, Hillside, Wellington Road, St Saviour. Dated 05/05/1928. Codicil added on 12/10/1934 09/02/1949 - 09/02/1949

It is noted that the information held at Immigration and Nationality Department of Jersey has his date of birth as 6 Jul 1861, so some two years later than the date obtained from the LDS.

We don't know yet when Charles and Louisa moved from India to Jersey, but we know for sure it was before 1941 as Registration Cards exist for each of them in the Jersey heritage archives.. Registration Cards became compulsory for everyone in Jersey in 1941, following the occupation by Germany on 2 July 1940.

The earliest indication of when they moved to Jersey is from the military record of Charles' son, Vivian. He joined the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) on 9 January, 1915, and gave his father, Charles, as his next of kin. The address given for him was an address in Jersey.

There's a photograph taken of Charles & Louisa outside a house in Southsea, Hampshire, England, dated 1930. There is also evidence of Charles having purchased a house on the island of Jersey in 1931. I'm not quite sure of the connection they had with Southsea.

Sources for Charles Parry WARDE:

  1. LDS IGI Records,
  2. Personal Contact with Diane Cornell,
  3. Personal Contact with Eveyn Cornell,

Notes for Henrietta Evelyn LANE:

Henrietta was the daughter of William Lane.

Sources for Henrietta Evelyn LANE:

  1. LDS IGI Records,

Notes for Charles Francis WARDE:

Prior to leaving India for Australia, Charles served for 6 years in the Northern Bengal Mounted Rifles, a cavalry regiment of the British Army, with it's HQ located at Darjeeling, North Bengal.

In 1911, we see Charles living in England at 355 Bristol Road, Edgbaston,Birmingham, Warwickshire:
Sarah Stubbins Head Wid 59 Stafford
Harold Kerway Visitor Mar 33 Motor Dealer Scarbo Yorks
Louisa Kerway Visitor Mar (2 years) 25 Llandudno Wales
George Vincent Stubbins Son 26 UnM Solicitor Birmingham
Edward Harold Stubbins Son UnM 22 Out of Business Birmingham
Charles F Warde Boarder UnM 21 Student (Mining) Taydiborgh India
Abdel Hameed Ahmad Boarder UnM 18 Science Student Cairo Egypt
Georgina Perry Servant UnM 15 General Domestic Servant Birmingham
Minnie Farenproof Elton Servant UnM 33 General Domestic Servant Stafford
Clare Mace Visitor Marr (14 years) 36 Cheshire

The Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) Project web site shows Charles was a member of the AIF during WWI. From what I can tell, his service records indicate that he enlisted in the Australian Military Forces twice.

See Charles' Military Record

Initially, he enlisted on 4 April 1916, and was allocated to the 52nd Infantry Battalion, 4th Reinforcement.
He was identified as 5' 5½", 10 stone with a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He had a tattoo of a leaf and anchor of his right arm.

He embarked onto A42 Boorara at Brisbane on 16 August 1916 and arrived at Plymouth, England on 13 October 1916, from where he was shipped onwards to France, I think on the SS Princess Victoria on 28 December 1916 as part of the 52nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement. He arrived in France on 30 December 1916 and joined up with the 52nd Battalion on 6 January 1917.He was wounded on 9 June 1917 in the Battle of Messines in France, and the next day he embarked on St Andrew at Boulogne, headed for England and a military hospitals at Colchester, Essex, Dartford, Kent, and Weymouth , Dorset. He was eventually shipped back to Australia on 22 July 1917 on a ship named "Nestor".

He was discharged on 3 January 1918, invalided out of the military with "considerable disability of the shoulder joint due to an oblique fracture of the surficial neck probably not involving the joint". His medical report from 24 July 1917 stated there was an oblique compound fracture of the surficial neck of the right humorous with a large open sinus(?) running into it and bare bone to be felt and seen. Also a small wound behind the shoulder (?entry). In right leg there are two wounds. One leading down to the tibia which is bare and one wound healing on other side of leg.

Historical Note: The battle for Messines ridge which commenced on June 7th 1917 was hailed as a triumph in strategy. Following the harsh lessons learned on the Somme the previous year, the taking of Messines ridge preceded the main Third Battle of Ypres (or Passchendaele), and was General Plumer's more cautious approach using "bite and hold" tactics. Rather than attempting to making sweeping gains on a wide front with very large numbers of troops, the attack on Messines ridge was one of limited, but realistic, objectives, utilising a "creeping barrage" and preceded by the detonation of nineteen mines. The overall front of the Messines offensive was around nine miles.
The operation was almost totally successful. Meticulously planned, and well executed, the assault secured all its objectives in less than twelve hours, took more than 7,000 prisoners, and suffered a relatively modest 24,000 total casualties.


On 14 Mar 1919, when recovered from his injuries, he enlisted again and was allocated to the Naval & Military Expeditionary Forces. He was the 5' 6" tall, 9 stone 2 lbs, with a dark complexion, grey eyes and dark hair. By then he had two tattoo marks on his right forearm of and Anchor and Flowers. This second enlistment form indicated that he had previously served for 1 year, 275 days in the AIF but was then discharged as medically unfit. We know this was due to injuries received in action. He had two circular scars on his right leg, below the knee from bullet wounds, and a large depression scar on the front side of his right shoulder over the joint region.

His record shows that on 5 April 1919, he was embarked for Active Service Abroad, and then from 9 May 1921, he transferred to Civil Administration at Rabaul, New Guinea.

During his military career, he was awarded the 1914/1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Note: Items in BLACK in the listing below are from his 1st enlistment into the 52nd Battalion. Items in BLUE are from his 2nd enlistment into the Naval & Military Expeditionary Forces.

Regimental number 2274 (1856)
Religion Church of England (Church of England)
Occupation Sugar worker (Engine Driver)
Address George Street, Brisbane, Queensland (Darlington, New South Wales)
Marital status Single (Single)
Age at embarkation 26 (30)
Next of kin Sister, Mrs Daisy Murphy, c/o Mr P U Murphy, care of Messrs. Grindley and Co, Agents, Calcutta, India
Next of kin (Sister, Mrs Daisy Murphy, c/o Mr P U Murphy, care of Messrs. Grindley and Co, Agents, Calcutta, India)

Enlistment date 4 April 1916 (14 March 1919)
Rank on enlistment Private (Private)
Unit name 52nd Battalion, 4th Reinforcement (Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Forces Reinforcements)
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/69/3 (23/112/5)
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A42 Boorara on 16 August 1916
Rank from Nominal Roll Private (Private)
Unit from Nominal Roll 52nd Battalion
Fate Returned to Australia 22 July 1917


After the end of the war, his military record shows that as a Casualty from Active Service, he was sent to Rabaul in Papua, New Guinea, arriving on 20 April 1919 on the SS Melusia into Kokopo, the capital. This seems to have been under military service as his record identifies his rank as "Private" and states that on 16 May 1919 he was transferred from A Company to C Company at Rabaul Garrison, seconded for duty in the Department of Agriculture. On 6 June 1919, he transferred to Gasmatta as Plantation Overseer and Assistant Postmaster .

Charles died in New Britain, Papua, New Guinea. He's buried at the Rabaul Military Cemetery there. The cemetery includes the graves of Australian military personnel from WWI and WWII but I don't yet fully understand the circumstances behind Charles being there in 1935. It seems certain that he was posted there as part of his Naval and Military Expeditionary Forces service. Nevertheless, for him to have been there for 36 years as part of his military service seems unrealistic. I can only think that he was posted there as part of his service, decided he liked it, and decided to stay there.

Historical Note:Papua, the southern section of the country, was annexed by Queensland in 1883 and the following year became a British protectorate called British New Guinea. It passed to Australia in 1905 as the Territory of Papua. The northern section of the country formed part of German New Guinea from 1884 to 1914 and was called Kaiser-Wilhelmsland. Occupied by Australian forces during World War I, it was mandated to Australia by the League of Nations in 1920 and became known as the Territory of New Guinea. Australian rule was reconfirmed by the United Nations in 1947.

Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Charles.

Sources for Charles Francis WARDE:

  1. LDS IGI Records,
  2. Military Record,

Notes for Evelyn Daisy WARDE:

Evelyn married P W Murphy.

It seems that Daisy emigrated to Live in Southern Rhodesia. On 4 Jan 1938, she can be seen arriving at Southampton Docks, Hampshire, England, aboard MS Bloemfontein of the Holland Africa Line, from Cape Town, South Africa. On the passenger list she gave her country of last permanent residence as Southern Rhodesia.

Sources for Evelyn Daisy WARDE:

  1. LDS IGI Records,

Notes for Thomas William WARDE:

We know from the will of Thomas's step-mother Louisa Mary Ann Knibbs, that Thomas moved to live in Mittagong, New South Wales, Australia.

Thomas applied to join the Australian Imperial Force in October/November 1918.

See Thomas' Military Record

He was 5' 4½" tall, 126 lbs., with a ruddy complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, a scar on his left eye, and considered fit for active service.

Sadly, the military record that I've had access to has no information about which regiment he was assigned to or even when he was discharged, but I understand from family close to him, that he was discharged after just one month of service. We don't know the reason other than stated on his records which show "Discharged on Expiration of Enlistment - 31 Dec 1918.

Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Thomas.

Sources for Thomas William WARDE:

  1. LDS IGI Records,
  2. Military Record,

Notes for Muriel Kathleen WARDE:

The LDS web site tells us that Muriel married a man named George Stockwell Aldridge on 7 Jul 1913 at Calcutta, Bengal, India. I believe he was born in 1882 at Romsey, Hampshire, England. He died in Suez in 1937.

It's confirmed within the will of Muriel's step-mother Louisa Mary Ann Knibbs, that Muriel married someone named Aldridge. We know from the will that George and Muriel moved to live in Mount Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

I understand that George and Muriel adopted a daughter named Jean.

George was a mariner at some time of his working life.
On 17 April, 1903, he achieved a Certificate of Competency from The Board of Trade as Second Mate of a Foreign-going Ship in the Merchant Navy.
On 23 Feb, 1905 he achieved First Mate.
On 18 February, 1910, he achieved the rank of Master.

We also see that from 1925 to at least 1935, he was a Suez Canal Pilot and as a result, we see that the family were regularly travelling back and forth between England and Port Said, Egypt. They gave Egypt as their normal place of residence for several years.

On 20 November, 1923, George, Muriel and Jean were to be seen on the ship SS Patria sailing as 1st Class passengers between Southampton and Port Said, Egypt.

On 14 August, 1924, we see Muriel (32) on the ship SS Morea, sailing from London to Suez with her intended place of permanent residence given as Egypt.

On 10 August, 1925, we see Muriel (34), her husband George Stockwell Aldridge (43) and their daughter Jean (2), as 1st Class passengers aboard the ship SS Kawi of the Rotterdam Lloyd Royal Mail line, sailing from Southampton, England, to Port Said, Egypt. They gave Egypt as their intended place of Future Permanent Residence. George gave his occupation as "Pilot".

On 20 November, 1926, we see George, Muriel and Jean as 1st Cass Passengers aboard the ship SS Patria, sailing from Southampton to Port Said, Egypt.

On 23 September, 1927, Muriel and Jean boarded the ship SS Indropoera as 2nd Cass Passengers bound for Port Said, Egypt from Sou8thampton, England.

On 22nd August, 1932, we see Muriel (40), George (50) and Jean (9)arriving in London as 1st Cass passengers on the ship Staffordshire of the Bibby Bros, & Co, line, sailing from Egypt. Egypt was listed as their country of permanent residence.

On 21 October, 1932, we see George (50), Muriel (40) and Jean (9) travelling on the ship Indrapoera travelling as 1st Class passengers from Southampton, England to Port Said, Egypt.

On 19 January, 1935, we see George, Muriel and daughter Jean as 1st Class passengers on the ship Orontes, sailing from London to Port Said, Egypt.

On 30 October, 1936, George, Muriel and Jean were on the ship MS Sibajack, sailing 1st Class from Southampton to Port Said, Egypt.

On 26 August, 1946, records at Ellis Island show that she arrived in New York by air from Shannon, Ireland. She gave her home address as 179 Belmont Avenue, Hamilton, Ontario, but also stated that her latest permanent address was 69 Osborne Road, Romford, England. She stated that she as en-route to her home address in Hamilton. She declared that this was her first time in America.
Her place of birth was recorded as Kanghi, India.

On 5 Dec 1946, we see an Arrivals Manifest for Muriel for Buffalo, New York. She identified herself as a widow, giving Hamilton, Ontario as her permanent place of residence. She was simply transiting through America, arriving in New York on 27 June 1946 and planning to stay for one month.
She was travelling on a British Passport.

On 15 December, 1946, Muriel arrived in Southampton onboard the ship MS John Ericsson. She had travelled 1st Class from New York.

On 23 September, 1947, Muriel and daughter Jean, were sailing on SS Indrapoera, between Southampton, England, once again to Port Said, Egypt.

Sources for Muriel Kathleen WARDE:

  1. LDS IGI Records,
  2. 1939 Register,

Notes for Cecil Harold WARDE:

Sources for Cecil Harold WARDE:

  1. LDS IGI Records,

Notes for Vivian Ernest WARDE:

We know from the will of Vivian's step-mother Louisa Mary Ann Knibbs, that Vivian moved to live in East Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia. We also know from his daughter and grand-daughter that he moved from India to Australia in 1912. He married Margaret Eva Atkins.

Vivian enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) on 9 Jan 1915, and was appointed to the 6th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement. He was listed as 5' 5½" tall, 136 lbs., fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.

See Vivian's Military Record

Regimental number 2046
Religion Church of England
Occupation Labourer
Address Trentham, Victoria
Marital status Single
Age at embarkation 23
Next of kin Father, C Warde, Mons Caprice, Quatre Bras, St Heliers, Jersey, Channel Islands
Enlistment date 9 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll 2 March 1915
Rank on enlistment Private
Unit name 6th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number 23/23/2
Embarkation details Unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 17 April 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll Driver
Unit from Nominal Roll 5th Division Artillery
Fate Returned to Australia 9 March 1919
Other details Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Date of death 20 April 1957
Age at death 65
Place of burial Kyambram Cemetery, Victoria

During his military service we can see from his records that he embarked for transport to Dardanelles, Turkey, on 13 July 1915. On 4 December 1915 he was admitted with a septic hand to St. Elmo military hospital on the island of Malta. I think he went there on a ship named "Karapara". He returned to his unit at Serepeum, Egypt on 8 February 1916 and in March thay returned to Tel el-Kibir, Egypt.. He returned to England in about September 1916, stationed some time at Wiltshire and Winchester, Hampshire.until 26 March 1917 when he was transferred to operations in the field in France, eventually returning to Australia on 9 March 1919.

He seemed to be pretty good at overstaying his leave on occasions! - but nothing serious

He was awarded the 1914-1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Sources for Vivian Ernest WARDE:

  1. LDS IGI Records, gives Hazaribagh, Bengal 
  2. Personal Contact with Eveyn Cornell,
  3. Military Record,

Notes for Gertrude Helen WARDE:

Sources for Gertrude Helen WARDE:

  1. LDS IGI Records,