ISAAC FORD

 

 

Born: 1885, Ipswich.

Died: 6th December 1914; age 29; KiA – while rendering assistance to a comrade who had been wounded. Isaac went out from under cover to bandage the wound of his comrade when a bullet pierced his right kidney, passing up through his body and out of his left shoulder.

Enlistment Location: Lichfield, Staffordshire.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 7410

Regiment: Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.

 

Grave Reference:

I.B.9.

Prowse Pont Military Cemetery,

Hainaut,

Belgium.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   11, Holy Wells Road, Ipswich.

 

Isaac was 5 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William Potter Ford, 37, a Quay Labourer.

Annie Ford (nee Wardley), 34, born Ipswich.

Robert Ford, 9, born Ipswich.

Susannah Ford, 6, born Ipswich.

John Ford, 3, born Ipswich.

Walter Ford, 10 months, born Ipswich.

 

1911   Tournay Barracks, Marlborough Lines Church, East Square, Aldershot, Hampshire.

 

Isaac was 25 years old, a Soldier ranked Private in the 2nd Dublin Fusiliers.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Miss Lily Brown.

 

Isaac is also remembered on the war memorial at Holy Trinity Church, Ipswich.

 

Evening Star – Friday, 8th January 1915 – IPSWICH SOLDIERS’S LAST WORDS – Writing to Mrs. Brown, of Fore Hamlet, Ipswich, respecting the death of her brother at the Front. Bandsman Chittenden, of the 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers, who was recently awarded the D.C.M., says: – “I may mention that Isaac met his sad end while rendering assistance to a comrade who had been wounded. Isaac went out from under cover to bandage the wound of his comrade, and I am sorry to say that he was shot while performing this good act. The bullet pierced his right kidney, passing up through his body and out of his left shoulder. He died like a soldier. After asking for a smoke, he expressed the opinion that he was going, and his last words were ‘Good-bye, God bless you.’

“He was buried on the battlefield, and his grave has been done up equal to lots in our cemeteries at home. All his band pals helped to turf his grave, on which was placed a crucifix, harp of ivy, artificial flowers, and wooden cross with inscription.”

 

Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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