Thursday, 3 May 2012

George Ward - died 4th March 1800

© Godric Godricson

George ward has a monument in North Norfolk and  he is an example of what may be described as the 'aristocracy of the dead'. George has what may be described as 'genteel' connections. He is the son of a reverend and he is doubtless related to the minor gentry of the County and to the military that formed the Navy. George is a man of "amiable manners" and this means he is a gentleman. This designation of gentleman is so important in England and the absence of which meant social death in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Most poignantly George  is an example of the young man who goes away to war and who never returns.

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