Winward: of Old English origin, 'winn' meaning meadow or wine and 'geard' an enclosure [1]


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Part 4: Thomas Winward (1882 - 1961)


Thomas Winward was born 04 February 1882 in Preston, Lancashire, to William Winward and Mary Margaret Brady. When he was eighteen, he enlisted as a private in the 3rd Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment to fight in the second Boer War (1899-1902). Family legend has it that he lied about his age! While he was in South Africa, he received an eye injury but saw out the rest of the war and returned to England c1903.

He married Margaret Ellen Critchley 06 February 1904. She had previously been married to John Edward Jones and they had had a son, Edward 'Ted' (born 1901). John died 21 April 1903. Ted married Annie ??. Thomas and Margaret had two daughters: Margaret Ellen (born 1911) and Mary (born 1913). More information about them appears in Winward Descendants. After World War I was declared, Thomas became a Lance Corporal and was responsible for training new recruits. The family spent some time in Eastbourne and Thomas himself later saw action in the Somme. He returned home, likely unscathed physically, but still affected by the war as all who survived were. He returned to his work as a blacksmith striker. His wife Margaret died 01 March 1934 and he died 11 January 1961. [2]


Thomas Winward (2nd row, 3rd to the right), cWWI

Thomas Winward in later life


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[2] England and Wales Census 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 ( and