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|
|Address at Enlistment||Heddon Bush|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||John B. FORD (father), Heddon Bush, Southland|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|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|
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||25 May 1921||Age||29 years 11 months|
|Place of Death||Winton|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Eastern Cemetery, Invercargill|
|Memorial Reference||Roman Catholic Section, Block 1, Plot 15|
|New Zealand Memorials|
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 (ancestry.com.au) [19 February 2021]
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