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Born: 12th March 1904, Ipswich.

Died: 15th July 1943; age: 38; Killed or drowned after barge struck a mine off Maplin Buoy.

Residence: 93, Purplett Street, Ipswich.


Rank: Master.

Regiment: Merchant Navy, M.V. J.B.W. (London). 123813.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich New Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Frederick Robert & Jane Ann Ward, of Ipswich.


Next of Kin: brother – Charles Albert Ward, of 93, Purplett Street, Ipswich.




1911   93, Purplett Street, Ipswich.


James was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Frederick Robert Wilkinson Ward, 35, a Shipyard Labourer – Shipbuilding, born Ipswich.

Jane Ann Ward (nee Read), 31, born 62, Dorkin Street, Ipswich.

Stanley Frederick Ward, 7, born Ipswich.

George William Ward, 4, born Ipswich.

Charles Albert Ward, 2, born Ipswich.

Beatrice L. Ward, 1 month, born Ipswich – died 1911, Ipswich.

Violet Irene Ward, 1 month, born Ipswich.


Frederick & Jane had 2 more children after the 1911 Census, both born at 93, Purplett Street, Ipswich.

Lily Beatrice Ward, born October 1913, Ipswich.
Harry Joseph Ward, born April 1915, Ipswich.


James’s father, Frederick Robert Wilkinson died during the First World War, in January 1917. He was Mate on board the sailing barge ‘Excelsior’ off Southend, Essex. He accidentally fell 30ft from a mast of the sailing barge, fracturing his spine. His mother, Jane Ann Ward died 1922, Ipswich.


15th July 1943


M.V. J.B.W. was a 72 grt sailing barge blown up after striking a mine NNE of Maplin Buoy, Burnham-on-Crouch. James’s body was found on the foreshore at Foulness Island thirty yards south of Asplins Head. Also on board and presumed drowned or killed was 63 year old, Thomas James Hills, born Bermuda. Thomas was ranked Mate, his body was never found and he is remembered on the Tower Hill Memorial, Panel 58.

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