FORD, Herbert
(Service number 18644)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Rifleman


Date 21 November 1894 Place of Birth Leicester, England

Enlistment Information

Date 3 April 1916 Age 21
Address at Enlistment C/- H. Collins, Te Kiri
Occupation Farm Hand
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married
Next of Kin Mrs H Ford (Wife), C/- G.W.Smart, Skeet Rd, Auroa, New Zealand
Religion Methodist
Medical Information 5 foot 9 inches. 141 lb weight. Fair complexion. Blue eyes. Sandy hair. Good health.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation NZ Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 1st Battalion
Date 26 July 1916
Transport Waitemata
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Devonport, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Rifle Brigade

Military Awards

Campaigns Western Europe 1916-17
Service Medals British War Medal & Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 7 June 1917 Age 23
Place of Death Belgium
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Cemetery,Heuveliand, West Viaanderen, Belgium
Memorial Reference III. c. 13
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru

Biographical Notes

Herbert was the son of William and Elizabeth Ford, and a native of Glenfield, Leicester, England.

Shortly before his enlistment for service Herbert was married in New Plymouth to Alice Black on 28 March 1916. Unfortunately the couple were not to have much time to emjoy their marraige as Herbert, a runner, was killed in action in June 1917 during the attack at Messines. A fellow soldier William Mulhane (service no.18690) reported: "He had just left headquarters in the afternoon when he was hit and killed. I could see no actual wound on him. I helped bury him and 15 or 16 others behind the NZ dressing station in the rear of our front line."

Herbert's widow, Alice, later remarried and became Alice Todd of Otakeho in Taranaki.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (September 2013); Archives New Zealand Military Personnal file (December 2014. Sept 2017); NZ Marriage Records.

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