Born: 23rd May 1885, London.

Died: 26th September 1917; 32; KiA.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 28th October 1915 – France.


Rank: Sergeant: Service Number: 200980.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.

Formerly 3421, Suffolk Regiment.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Grave Reference:


Hooge Crater Cemetery,







1891   37, Lisson Street, Marylebone, Middlesex.


Mark was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Robert Henry Ford, 40, a Paper Hanger, born Marylebone.

Emily Ford (nee Hutchings), 39, born Marylebone.

Robert Henry Ford, 14, an Errand Boy, born Marylebone.

Lilian Alice Ford, 4, born Marylebone.


1901   205, Droop Street, Paddington, Middlesex.


Mark was 16 years old, a Meat Porter. He was living with his parents & sister.

Robert, 50. a Paper Hanger & Painter.

Emily, 49.

Lilly, 14.


1911   Moors Farm, Hollesley, Suffolk.


Mark was 26 years old, a Cook to Colony – Hollesley Bay. He was married and Head of the Household.

Alice, 24.

Winifred, 6.

John, 5.

Ena, 3.

Walter, 1.


Mark’s father, Robert Henry Ford, died May 1901, of 3, York Terrace, High Street, Clapham, Surrey.


On the 6th January 1890, at the age of 4, Mark started to attend Bell Street School, Westminster. His father Robert Ford was the responsible adult. The family lived at 37, Lisson Street.


In 1904, Paddington, Middlesex, Mark married, Alice Winifred Matthews, born September1886, Paddington. They had 6 children:


Winifred Alice Ford, born 1905, Lambeth.

John Wilfred Ford, born 1905, Lambeth.

Ena Beatrice Ford, 1907, Lambeth.

Walter James Ford, born 1910, Hollesley, Suffolk.

Evelyn M. Ford, born 1911, Hollesley.

Elsie L. Ford, born 1913, Hollesley.


Soldiers’ Effects to Alice W. Ford – widow.

Mark is also remembered on the Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies Ipswich.

Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

Suffolk Regiment website

Friends of The Suffolk Regiment

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