FORD, James Clarence
(Service number 73486)

First Rank Private Last Rank lance Corporal


Date 15 January 1898 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date 10 December 1917 Age 19 years 11 months
Address at Enlistment 10 Browns Road, St Albans
Occupation Clerk
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs A. FORD (mother), Excelsior Hotel, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 38th Reinforcements, D Company
Date 5 June 1918
Transport Remuera
Embarked From Destination Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Canterbury Infantry Regiment

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Where Captured and by Whom
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Date Reason

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Post-war Occupations


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

Biographical Notes

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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