William Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley

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Lord Dudley

William Humble Ward, 2nd Earl of Dudley KP GCB GCMG GCVO TD PC (25 May 1867 – 29 June 1932) was a British aristocrat, politician and military officer. He was a member of the Conservative Party. He served as the fourth Governor-General of Australia from September 1908 to July 1911. Before this, he served as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1902 to 1905.

Lord Dudley was born in London, Middlesex. His father was landowner and cricketer William Ward, 1st Earl of Dudley. His mother was Scottish noblewoman Georgina Ward, Countess of Dudley. He was married to Rachel Gurney until her death by drowning in 1920. The couple had seven children. In 1924, he married actress Gertie Millar.

Lord Dudley died of cancer on 29 June 1932 in London. He was 65.[1]

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  1. Cunneen, Chris. "Dudley, second Earl of (1867–1932)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 27 March 2019.