John Patrick Ward

Brief Life History of John Patrick

When John Patrick Ward was born on 5 July 1899, in Auckland, New Zealand, his father, John Patrick Ward, was 50 and his mother, Annie Whiting, was 38. He married Alma Hazel Doreen Jefcoate in 1924, in New Zealand. He died on 1 November 1986, in Paihia, Northland, New Zealand, at the age of 87, and was buried in Paihia, Northland, New Zealand.

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John Patrick Ward
Alma Hazel Doreen Jefcoate
Marriage: 1924

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  • John Patrick Ward, "Find A Grave Index"

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The country becomes a dominion, or self-governing community, within the British empire.

1907 · Dominion of New Zealand

The Dominion of New Zealand was brought about when New Zealand proclaimed itself a political independent government inside the British Empire. The Dominion of New Zealand allowed the British Government to shape its foreign policy, and it followed Britain into the First World War. Full independence was granted in 1931 and adopted by the New Zealand Parliament in 1947. 

1923 · New Zealand's Claim to Antartica

The Ross Dependency is a New Zealand dependency located on the Antarctician Continent. It is the only settlement on the Antartica that is claimed by a sovereign nation. New Zealand still owns claim even after the Antarctic Treaty that was signed in 1959 by 11 other nations. 

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a watchman or guard, from Middle English ward ‘watchman, guard’ (Old English weard, used as both an agent noun and an abstract noun).

English: occupational name from Middle English warde ‘armed guard’ (Old English weard ‘watching, guarding’), with the same meaning as 1 above.

Irish: shortened form of McWard, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Bhaird ‘son of the poet’. The surname occurs throughout Ireland, where three different branches of the family are known as professional poets.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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