Royal Army Medical Corps, Territorial Force
3rd London General Hospital; 5th London Field Ambulance
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Date of death:
29/07/1955 Pretoria, South Africa
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Name of father:
Thomas Sharp Ware
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Herbert George Charles, R... (another son)
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Name of mother:
Caroline Ann Sheargold
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Fanny Bertha Hill; Ann Lever
First floor, 16, Marquis Road, Stroud Green
Herbert Ernest Balfern Ware was born in Hammersmith, south-west London, on 8 September 1872. His parents were Thomas Sharp Ware, a banker’s clerk and member of New Court Congregational Chapel, and Caroline Ann Ware (née Sheargold).
Herbert was a month short of his second birthday when his father died at the age of 26. The family had been living at 10 Stonenest Street, immediately behind New Court, and Herbert and his mother continued to live there. By the time of the 1881 Census, Caroline’s occupation is listed as governess at home, and she was later also employed as a music teacher.
In 1896, aged 24 and working as a hosier, Herbert sailed to Cape Town on board SS Tokomaru, which was bound for New Zealand. He became a trooper in Kitchener’s Horse Regiment and served in the Boer War from 1899 to 1902. On 15 January 1901, he married Fanny Bertha Hill at St Mary’s Church in Woodstock, in the Western Cape, and the couple had a son, Herbert George Charles.
The marriage lasted only four years. The family had returned to the UK and in February 1903 their son was baptised at St Saviour’s Church in Hanley Road, at which time their address on the baptism certificate is given as 17 Osborne Road, in Stroud Green. Just two years later Herbert petitioned for a divorce from Fanny, Charles Carter being named as co-respondent.
In the 1911 Census, Herbert was listed as living with his mother and son at 16 Marquis Road, Stroud Green. His occupation is given as ‘traveller underwear’ but his status of divorced changed in the autumn of that year when he married Ann Lever in Edmonton. Herbert and Ann had a son about two years later (the estimated date for his birth is 1913, but no name could be found in the records).
During the First World War, Herbert served as Lieutenant and later Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Territorial Force, in the 3rd London General Hospital in Wandsworth, and as Quartermaster with the 5th London Field Ambulance in France. He was awarded the Military Cross for distinguished service in the field in 1917 and mentioned in despatches in 1919.
In 1920, Herbert, his wife and his two sons (then aged 26 and 7) sailed from London to Natal on board the Durham Castle, intending to settle in South Africa. All four spent the rest of their lives there and Herbert and Ann both died in Pretoria, Ann in 1942 and Herbert in 1955, aged 82.