Viscount Ward of Witley, Peerage of the United Kingdom 1960 (Extinct)
Arms: Chequy or and azure, a bend ermine.
Crest: Out of a ducal coronet or, a lion's head azure.
Supporters: On either side the figure of an Angel proper, crined and winged or, vested azure, each holding in the exterior hand by the chains, a portcullis or.
This branch of the Ward family is descended from the Earl of Dudley as the 1st Viscount Ward of Witley was the youngest son of the 2nd Earl.
George Reginald Ward, 1st Viscount, served in WWII as an RAF Group-Captain. He then served in Parliament from 1945 until his being raised to the Peerage in 1960.
The 1st Viscount had a son and heir, Anthony Giles Humble Ward, but there is some uncertainty as to if he held this Viscounty before it's extinction. Any assistance on this matter would be appreciated. Please e-mail any information to Extinct@HereditaryTitles.com
This depiction of Arms is interesting because it's style. The use of the non-standard shield, and elaborate compartment for the supporters to stand appears typical of 18th century Arms. But, this particular title was granted in 1960.
Artistic style is one area of heraldry that is open to all types of interpretation. As long as the actual blazon (or description of the Arms) is not altered in their depiction, it's no holds barred.
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