FORD, Michael Henry
(Service number 9/816)

Aliases Known as Henry
First Rank Trooper Last Rank Private


Date 29 May 1891 Place of Birth Heddon Bush, Southland

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Heddon Bush
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin John B. FORD (father), Heddon Bush, Southland
Religion Roman Catholic
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 3rd Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Otago Mounted Rifles
Date 14 February 1915
Transport Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Machine Gun Corps

Military Awards

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 25 May 1921 Age 29 years 11 months
Place of Death Winton
Cause Tuberculosis
Memorial or Cemetery Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill
Memorial Reference Roman Catholic Section, Block 1, Plot 15
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Michael Henry Ford, known as Henry, was born on 29 May 1891 at Heddon Bush, Southland, the son of John Burke and Bridget (née Hynes) Ford. He was a farmer at Heddon Bush when he enlisted. He embarked for Suez, Egypt, with the Otago Mounted Rifles on 14 February 1915.

M. H. Ford arrived home in August 1917, having been previously reported as seriously ill. He was discharged on 17 November 1917, as unfit because of tuberculosis. Michael Henry Ford married Margaret Jane Toomey in 1918. They resided at Temuka and their daughter, Joan Patricia Ford, was born on 5 July 1919 at Timaru.

Private Michael Henry Ford, 9/816, died of tuberculosis on 25 March 1921 at Heddon Bush. He was buried in the Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill, with four siblings who had died young. His parentes were subsequently interred there too. A services stone marks his grave. His medals were sent to his wife, Mrs Henry Ford, Temuka, who was his legal next-of-kin.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [17 February 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [17 February 2021]; Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill, headstone image & burial record (Invercargill City Council) [18 February 2021]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [19 February 2021]

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