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« on: May 10, 2018, 15:05:45 PM »

FORD, F
Rank:Gunner
Service No:65068
Date of Death:08/02/1920
Regiment/Service:Royal Field Artillery  108th Bde. Ammunition Col.
Grave Reference:A9. 9. 22.
Cemetery:WORTHING (BROADWATER) CEMETERY


Worthing Gazette - Wednesday 17 February 1915

ANOTHER MILITARY FUNERAL.

Artilleryman's Death.

The Buffs Provide the Firing Party.


During the past week another death has occurred at the Red Cross Hospital at Cecile, Manor-road, the deceased being a member of the Royal Field Artillery, named Frederick Ford. He was thirty-seven years of age, and only arrived at Worthing to join the Brigade on Sunday week. Influenza attacked him, and this was followed by pneumonia, which was the direct cause of death.

The funeral took place on Thursday, the interment being at Broadwater Cemetery.

The coffin, which was placed on a gun carriage, was covered with a Union Jack, and four members of the Royal Field Artillery acted as bearers, while a detachment of the Column was in attendance. The Eighth Battalion of the Buffs provided the firing party, and the "Last Post" was sounded by buglers from the same Battalion.

The funeral service was conducted by the Rev. L. S. Blenkins, and in addition to the military present the Red Cross Hospital was represented by members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment.

Floral tokens were sent by the local Branch of the Red Cross Society and the Officers and men of the Ammunition Column to which the deceased was attached.



This casualty is a fine example of just how difficult it can sometimes be to find a reference using the British Newspaper Archive. With just an initial for the first name and a very common surname, it meant I couldn't find anything at first in the 1920 scans. After much struggle I discovered that the chap actually died in 1915, which is only five years out! Although the CWGC database, the headstone, and the original Grave Registration documents state 1920, the CWGC looked into the information I had provided, and agreed that we were both talking about the same casualty.


Dear Mr Vaughan,

Re: 66068 Gunner F FORD, Royal Field Artillery

Thank you for your e-mail. We have now amended Gunner F Ford's the year in which he died in; 1920 to 1915. Please allow 24 hours for the amendment to show on our website. Please note, amendment to the headstone can take up to 18 months to be completed.

Kind Regards
Records Team

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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2018, 20:59:57 PM »

John --see service No
A difficult Gent to find
Now know his wife's name and there were children
Don't know where the family lived.

Name:   Fred Ford
Gender:   Male
Death Date:   8 Feb 1915
Death Place:   St Cecils Hospl Worthing
Rank:   Driver
Regiment:   108 Brigade (AC) RFA
Regimental Number:   66068

Soldiers Effects- shows his no as 66068 £2.4.02 to widow Florence E for self & children. Not admissible for War Gratuity as insufficient Service.
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2018, 17:10:35 PM »

Thank you. The CWGC correction has gone through and the database now shows the correct date of death and service number for this chap.

The old headstone docs show his wife living at Collier Street, a village in Kent.
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