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FORD WAR MEMORIAL

World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Copyright © Gillian Siggers 2008

The Ford War Memorial is in the form of a stone plaque mounted on an exterior wall within a small railed area. There are nine names for World War 1 and four names for World War 2. The memorial was first unveiled on 23rd October 1919 by Lady Smith, the cost of the site beijng £10 10s 0d, the builder was Mr Harper. Details are to be found in the Bucks Herald 1st November 1919 and 4 December 1920.

Photographs Copyright © Gillian Siggers 2008

THE GREAT WAR
1914-1919
IN MEMORY OF OUR VILLAGE HEROES

ERECTED BY LOCAL SUBSCRIPTIONS

DAVIS

Albert Edward

Private. Born in Brede, Sussex, lived in Ford. Husband of Rose Ellen Davis of Ford. possibly Alberrt Edward DAVIS, Private 1614, 2nd/1st Bucks Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 19th July 1916. Aged 19. Born and enlisted High Wycombe, resident Wooburn Green. Brother of Mrs. K. P. Harris, of "Fernlea", Boundary Rd., Wooburn, Bucks. No known grave, Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 83 to 85.

ELLIOTT

William [John]

Private 2021979, 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba). Died 1st October 1918. Aged 28. Born in Ford 16th January 1893. Resident Quilchena, British Coilumbia, Canada. Son of Alfred and Sarah Elliott of Ford; brother of Jabez Alfred Elliott of Trapp Lake P.O., Brtiish Columbia, Canada. Unmarried. Baptist. Farmer by trade. Medical examination at Marritt, British Columbia, 21st November 1917. Enlisted aged 23 years 10 months at Vancouver, British Columbia 6th March 1918, height 5 feet 6½ inches, girth 35 inches, complexion ruddy, hair dark brown, Buried in Sancourt British Cemetery, Nord, France. Plot II. Row B. Grave 4. National Archives of Canada Accession Refernce: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 2878 - 35

HINTON

Alfred

Private 203812, 2nd/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 21st March 1918. Aged 27. Born (1891) and resident Ford, enlisted Aylesbury. Son of Thomas and Sarah Hinton of Ford. Buried in Chapelle British Cemetery, Holnon, Aisne, France. Plot III. Row E. Grave 6.

KEEN

James

Private 266647, 2nd/4th Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 22nd March 1918. Born and resident Ford, enlisted Aylesbury. Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Panel 50 and 51.

KINGHAM

Thomas

Private 266198, 2nd/1st Bucks Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 22nd August 1917. Aged 28. Born and resident Ford, enlisted Aylesbury. Son of Sarah Kingham of Ford. Commemorated Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Panel 37 and 39.

LUDGATE

Cecil Bert 'Bertie'

Rifleman 57591s, 18th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corp. Died of wounds 1st November 1918. Aged 20. Born Ford (1898), enlisted Whitehall, Middlesex, lived Shadwell, Middlesex. Son of Joseph and Edith Ludgate of Ford. Buried Vichte Military Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen. Plot I. Row BB. Grave 17.

ROSE, MC

Eric William

Second Lieutenant, 1st/2nd [1st/8th CWGC] Battalion. Lancashire Fusiliers. Killed in action 5th April 1918. Aged 19. Born (1899) Ford. Son of William and Alice Rose of Ford. Awarded the Military Cross (M.C.). Commemorated on ARRAS MEMORIAL, Pas de Calais, France. Bay 5.

SAYELL

Arthur

Private 4276, 2nd/1st Bucks Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 19th July 1916. Aged 25. Born and resident Ford, enlisted Aylesbury. Son of Jeffrey Sayell, of Ford. Commemorated on Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Panel 83 to 85.

SAYELL

Frederick W

Private. Born and resident Ford. Son of Jeffrey Sayell, of Ford. No further information currently - cannot find listed on SDGW or CWGC.

1939-1945

HOLDOM

Anthony Joe

Sergeant (Air Gunner) 1325933, 166 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 27th January 1944. Aged 23. Son of John and Frances Holdom of Ford; husband of Grace Florence Holdom, of Wyverstone, Suffolk. Buried in Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Berlin, Germany. Plot 2. Row D. Grave 10.

JONES

W H B

No further information currently known.

SHIELDS

Alwyne Robert Pierce

Flight Lieutenant 124416, 42 Fighter Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 18th July 1944. Aged 22. Son of Wallace and Constance Shields of Ford. Commemorated on Singapore Memorial, Kranji War Cemetery, Singapore. Column 431.

WOOD

Frank

Sergeant (Pilot) 926082, 18 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died 25th May 1941. Aged 19. Son of Mr and Mrs H S Wood of Ford. Buried Lemvig Cemetery, Denmark. Grave 711.

Village Memorial Plaque for Wellington Bomber Crash
(This is a separate memorial, and not part of the War Memorial)

Royal Air Force
In Memory of
Sergeant Victor George BAILEY,
1585910, RAF Volunteer Reserve, Wireless Operator, aged 20 yrs,
of Rainham, Essex,
and
Sergeant Louis Grover MARTIN,
R/182617 Royal Canadian Air Force,
Rear Gunner,
aged 22 yrs,
of Big River, Saskatchewan,
Canada,
who died when their Wellington Bomber
crashed in Ford
on 9th January 1944.

BAILEY

Victor George

Sergeant (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner) 1585910, Royal Air Froce Volunteer Reserve. Died when his Wellington Bomber crashed in Ford on 9th January 1944. Aged 20. Grandson of Mrs. A. Morley, of Rainham. Buried in Hornchurch Cemetery, Essex. Section A. Grave 1373.

MARTIN

Louis Grover

R/182617 (Rear Air Gunner), Royal Canadian Air Force. Died when his Wellington Bomber crashed in Ford on 9th January 1944. Aged 22. Son of Arthur Allen and Ella Maud Martin, of Big River, Saskatchewan, Canada. Buried in Botley Cemetery, Oxford. Plot I/2. Grave 138.

Last updated 14 October, 2008

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