FORD, James Clarence
(Service number 73486)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||lance Corporal|
|Date||15 January 1898||Place of Birth||Waimate|
|Date||10 December 1917||Age||19 years 11 months|
|Address at Enlistment||10 Browns Road, St Albans|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs A. FORD (mother), Excelsior Hotel, Timaru|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||38th Reinforcements, D Company|
|Date||5 June 1918|
|Embarked From||Destination||Liverpool, Merseyside, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Infantry Regiment|
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||14 March 1985||Age||87 years|
|Place of Death||Christchurch|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Timaru Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||General Section. Row 139, Plot 25|
|New Zealand Memorials|
James Clarence Ford was born on 15 January 1898 at Waimate, the son of Walter and Annabella (Bella, née Tavendale) Ford. He enlisted on 10 December 1917 at Christchurch where he was a clerk. James was just 19 years 11 months old. His next-of-kin was his mother – Mrs A. Ford, Excelsior Hotel, Timaru. Private J. C. Ford embarked with the 38th Reinforcements for Liverpool, England, on 5 June 1918 by the “Remuera”.
J. C. Ford, of Timaru, was one of more than 800 men who returned to New Zealand by the “Port Hacking” in August 1919. In 1919 he was back with his parents at the Excelsior Hotel, which was his intended address though that was lamended to Limestone Valley, Albury. He married Lillian Ada Gertrude Hill in 1924 at Timaru. James Clarence Ford died on 14 March 1985 at Christchurch and was interred at Timaru Cemetery with Lillian who had died in 1964.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [21 May 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [22 May 2021]; Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [22 May 2021]; Timaru Herald, 11 August 1919 (Papers Past) [06 September 2014]
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