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Date of Birth
Date of Death
3 May 1915
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Soldier or Civilian
Sgt Walter Henry (Harry) Ford, 9047, Rifle Brigade, was killed in action at Hill 60 on May 3rd, 1915. He lived at 11 May Street, Luton, and left a widow (Minnie Clara) and three children (Doris Emily, Beatrice Maud and Harry). The couple had married at St Paul's Church, Luton, early in 1907
Before war broke out Sgt Ford was a lance-corporal on the reserve list. He had served three years in Egypt, and had been a reservist for nine years when he was called up in August 1914. Practically the whole of his time as a reservist he was employed by Messrs Sutton and Co, carriers of 32 Melson Street.
When he was called up he was made sergeant at once, and until Christmas 1914 he was a drill instructor to men of the New Army at Sheerness. He left for France on December 27th, 1914, and went through a number of big engagements, including Neuve Chapelle and Hill 60.
Sgt Ford had three brothers also serving, one with the RAMC and two with the Bedfords, one of whom was at the front.