(Service number 18644)
|First Rank||Rifleman||Last Rank||Rifleman|
|Date||21 November 1894||Place of Birth||Leicester, England|
|Date||3 April 1916||Age||21|
|Address at Enlistment||C/- H. Collins, Te Kiri|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs H Ford (Wife), C/- G.W.Smart, Skeet Rd, Auroa, New Zealand|
|Medical Information||5 foot 9 inches. 141 lb weight. Fair complexion. Blue eyes. Sandy hair. Good health.|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||NZ Rifle Brigade|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||1st Battalion|
|Date||26 July 1916|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Devonport, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||NZ Rifle Brigade|
|Campaigns||Western Europe 1916-17|
|Service Medals||British War Medal & Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|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|
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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Janette Clarke, SC branch NZSG
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