William Ward, 3rd Earl of Dudley
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Background and education
Dudley sat as Member of Parliament for Hornsey from 1921 to 1924 and for Wednesbury from 1931 to 1932 and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Under-Secretary of State for India, Lord Winterton, between 1922 and 1924. He also held the honorary post of High Sheriff of Worcestershire in 1930.
Dudley married firstly Lady Rosemary Millicent Sutherland-Leveson-Gower (9 August 1893 - 21 July 1930), younger but only surviving daughter of Cromartie Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, 4th Duke of Sutherland, on 8 March 1919. She died in a plane crash in 1930, aged 36; she was survived by two of her three sons. Ward married secondly Laura Charteris (1915–1990), daughter of the Honourable Guy Lawrence Charteris and former wife of Walter Long, 2nd Viscount Long, on 25 February 1943. The marriage was childless and they were divorced in 1954. Laura went on to marry the 10th Duke of Marlborough shortly before his death, and died in 1990. Dudley married thirdly Grace Maria Radziwill née Kolin (born 11 January 1923), daughter of Michael Kolin and Anna Tironi and former wife of Prince Stanislaus Radziwill, in 1961. This marriage was also childless. He is said to have fathered a daughter in 1923 with the aristocrat and socialite Venetia Stanley, although the legal father was her husband Edwin Samuel Montagu. This child grew up to befriend Princess Margaret during World War II and marry the American photographer Milton Gendel, with whom she created an artistic salon in Italy.
Dudley died in December 1969, aged 75, and was succeeded by his eldest son William. His second son the Honourable John Jeremy Ward, born on 7 May 1922, died an infant on 9 December 1929. His third but younger surviving son the Honourable Peter Alistair Ward (8 February 1926 - 24 March 2008) married firstly on 21 November 1956 and divorced Claire Leonora Baring (born 29 February 1936), paternal granddaughter of Guy Baring. They had several children including the actress and environmentalist Tracy Louise Ward and actress Rachel Ward.
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- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Dudley
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William Humble Davis Ward