Percy Ward attended Kings College, London, and obtained his BD from London University. He came to Cambridge from Seaford and was appointed assistant priest at St Luke’s church, Chesterton, in September 1915. In June 1927 he was offered the post at Harston but as the extracts from his diary show, he was hardly over the moon!
15/6/27 Letter from bishop offering Harston post – ‘I am not jubilant’
16/6/27 ‘I wish really & truly that the bishop’s letter had never come. Friends keep telling me to go but I would far rather remain at St Lukes. Visited vicarage – it was all most disappointing; house was in good order but garden was appalling & has been neglected for 12 months. It was an absolute waste & unrecognisable as a garden. I came away thinking it was hopeless.‘ Canon Baldwin offered to put the garden right at his expense for half year of fruit – it had 2 orchards. ‘It will be a fearful job for me to pull Harston together. I suppose I shall accept it. Of course, Aunt Jennie is anxious to go, most unfortunately.’
18/6/27 ‘Morning musing about Harston; don’t want to go yet seem to be driven to it’
20/6/27 ‘Wrote to Bishop accepting post’
He was the vicar when the Benefices of Harston & Hauxton combined and he left Harston in June 1945 to take up the post of Canon of Peterborough.
He is buried in Harston churchyard with his aunt.