FRANCIS WILLIAM FORD

Francis is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.

Born: 10th June 1893, Cemetery Road, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

Baptised: 3rd August 1893, Owston, Lincolnshire.

Died: 26th September 1917; age: 24; KiA leading his men at Menin Road, near Gheluvet.

Date of Entry Therein: 27th October 1915 – France.

Francis joined the Honourable Artillery Company in June 1915 – ranked a Private, 3933.

In October 1915, he served with the B.E.F. in France and Belgium. Then entered a Cadet School in France, before obtaining a Commission on the 19th November 1916 with the Cambridgeshire Regiment, 1st Battalion.

Francis took part in the operations at St. Julian.

Mentioned in Despatches by Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig, for gallant and distinguished service in the field, and awarded the Military Cross. Gazetted 18th October 1917 – 2nd Lieutenant.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star + Military Cross – 31st July 1917 – “In an action he took command of his company, when the company commander had been wounded, and held a very important position against four hostile counter-attacks, holding on with only a few men until ordered to withdraw. His courage and leadership inspired all ranks.”

Memorial Reference:

Panel 148.

Tyne Cot Memorial,

West-Vlaanderen,

Belgium.

Relatives Notified & Address: Only son of the Rev. J.T. Ford, of Thor’s Dune, Churchdown, Gloucestershire, and the late G. Lucy Ford.

CENSUS

1901   Grammar School, Station Road, March, Cambridgeshire.

Francis was 7 years old and living with his parents & sister.

John Thomas Ford, 34, a Schoolmaster and Clerk in Holy Orders, born Owston Ferry, Lincolnshire.

Gertrude Lucy Ann Ford (nee Leggott), 35, born Owston Ferry.

Lucy Belle Ford, 9, born Cemetery Road, St. Margaret’s, Ipswich.

2 boarders.

1 general domestic servant.

1911   Grammar School, Station Road, March, Cambridgeshire.

Francis was 17 years old, a Scholar. He was living with his parents & sister.

John, 44, a Schoolmaster and Clerk in Holy Orders.

Gertrude, 45.

Lucy, 19.

4 assistant schoolmasters.

4 scholars.

1 cook

2 housemaids.

Francis was educated at the Grammar School, March, Cambridgeshire, before entering in 1912, Selwyn College, Cambridge. He passed both parts of the History Triops and took his B.A. degree in 1915. Francis was a member of the University’s O.T.C.

On the 7th February 1922, Francis’s father the Rev. John Thomas Ford, of Thor’s Dune, Churchdown, Gloucestershire applied for his late son’s medals.

Probate to the Rev. John Thomas Ford – father.

Soldiers’ Effects to the Rev. John Thomas Ford – father.

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