Sydney Kelso FORD


FORD, Sydney Kelso

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 14 June 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 9th Infantry Battalion
Born: Maryborough, Qld., 25 October 1893
Home Town: East Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Brisbane Grammar School
Occupation: Assistant Surveyor
Died: Killed in action, Pozieres, Somme Sector, France, 23 July 1916, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: East Brisbane War Memorial, Maryborough Albert State School War Memorial, University of Queensland WW1 Roll of Honour, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

14 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 9th Infantry Battalion
22 Jan 1916: Involvement 9th Infantry Battalion, Pozières
22 Jan 1916: Embarked 9th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Boonah, Sydney
23 Jul 1916: Involvement Lieutenant, 9th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Thomas Sydney Herbert and Emma Mary FORD, 50 Gladstone Road, South Brisbane, Queensland

Mr. T. S. H. Ford, of Arcadia, Rosslyn street, East Brisbane, received official advice on Thursday that his son, Lieut. S. K. Ford, a member of one of the famous Australian Infantry Battalions, has been posted as missing. Lieut. Ford  is an old Normal School boy, who won a scholarship to the Brisbano Grammar School, where he matriculated in science and engineering. Subsequently he was employed in the Survey Department of the Water and Sewerage  board. He was well known in rowing circles, and one of his latest victories was as stroke of the champion pairs of the Brisbane river on November 11, 1914. He is 23 years, of age.

The Ford Memorial Prize presented by the Queensland University honours both Sydney and his brother Thomas who also died in the war.

Mr. Ford, of Messrs. Dalgety and Co., to the memory of whose sons, Lieutenant S. K. Ford and Corporal T. W. Ford, the Queensland Licensed Victuallers' Association have established a prize in connection with the Queensland  University Junior Examination, open to the sons of licensed victuallers, has addressed the following letter to Mr. Gratton, general secretary of the Q.U.L.V.A. :-- "There are occasions in a man's life when words fail lo express the deep appreciation of his feelings, for some kind act done, or for sympathy expressed. Your letter of 11th. instant has created that feeling in me, and I can assure you, my dear sir, that I am at an entire loss to find words to adequately express my deep sense of gratitude to your committee for the comforting and consoling expressions contained therein. My soldier sons (Lieutenant S. K. Ford and Corporal T. W. Ford) were my mates, my pals and my pride; they were worth it, , and when their country called they, like true Britishers, responded. It was a glorious sacrifice, and, as you rightly say, the feeling of pride is indelibly imprinted on my memory for all time. It is my sincere hope that my son. Lieutenant S. K. Ford, reported 'missing,' may turn up safely, and return to me, to continue the, useful career he had chosen. In conclusion, I may state that the sacrifice I have made has been minimised by your comforting letter, and I particularly request you on my behalf to extend my deepest thanks to the committee of your esteemed association for the glowing expressions of high esteem."