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Photographs of William Joseph Ward

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y302P

Scope and Contents

Comprises a series of photograph albums relating to Ward's work and travels in India, particularly relating to Rangoon and Calcutta, and various customs houses in British India. The albums also cover Ward's war service in East Africa and Iraq. There is a small amount of personal family material which gives an indication of the social life of the Wards.


  • Creation: 1911 - 1938

Biographical / Historical

William Joseph Ward (11 Mar. 1887 - 17 Dec. 1962) was probably in Rangoon (Burma [now Myanmar]) before the First World War. He had joined the Rangoon Volunteer Rifles in 1913. During the war he served as a second lieutenant with the 96th and 98th Berar Infantry, an infantry regiment of the British Indian Army, and was part of the IEFB (Indian Expeditionary Force B) in British East Africa [Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania], also serving in the Mesopotamia [Iraq] campaign. By 1920 he had returned to India, where he presumably returned to a career working in the customs and excise department of the colonial government; in 1927 he was based in Karachi but by the 1930s he had settled in Calcutta with his wife, M.A. Ward [first names unknown] and at least two children. In the 1935 Bengal Civil List, Ward is listed as Commissioner of Customs in Calcutta. (Source: family notes).


0.075 cubic metre(s) (5 archive boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by William Joseph Ward's grandson, William Ward, in September 2020.

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Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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