Private John Henry Ford

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

24 Nov 1918

Service Number

242622 (2009)

Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

25 Dane Road
United Kingdom

Place of Death

Wardown V.A.D. Hospital
United Kingdom

Grave Location

Biscot Churchyard
United Kingdom

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


Beds & Herts Saturday Telegraph , 7th December 1918
Pte John  Henry Ford headstone, Biscot Churchyard

Pte John Henry Ford, 242622, 1/5th Battalion Norfolk Regiment, died in Wardown Hospital on November 24th, 1918. He had been discharged from service the previous July with diabetes mellitus and muscle wastage that he first began to suffer while serving in Egypt and Palestine.

The 23-year-old was buried with full military honours at Biscot Church Cemetery on November 29th, 1918.

John Ford had enlisted in 1915 in the Eastern Mounted Brigade Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps (No. 2009), while he was residing at 25 Dane Road, Luton. After six months in Luton, he was drafted to serve in the Palestine Campaign, later being transferred to the Norfolk Regiment in early 1918. Three months on he was diagnosed with diabetes and invalided to England from Alexandria in June 1918 on the HT Glengorm Castle.

He was taken to St Luke's War Hospital in Halifax, Yorkshire, and on July 24th, 1918, was discharged from the Army as physically unfit. He finally arrived at Wardown V.A.D. Hospital, where he passed away.

His next of kin was listed as his sister Gladys, with an address at the Red Maids School in Clifton, Bristol. He had a married sister Edna and a third sister, Violet. No further family details were given in newspaper or military reports.

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Author: Deejaya

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