Roger (Albert Roger) FORD


FORD, Roger (Albert Roger)

Service Number: 780
Enlisted: 13 December 1915, Casula, New South Wales
Last Rank: Sapper
Last Unit: 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company)
Born: North Sydney, New South Wales, 11 June 1882
Home Town: North Sydney, North Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Milsons Point Public School
Occupation: Bootmaker/Machinist (Daily Telegraph)
Died: Accidental (Exposure), Belgium, 16 March 1917, aged 34 years
Cemetery: Poperinghe New Military Cemetery
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

13 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 780, Casula, New South Wales
20 Feb 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 780, Mining Corps, HMAT Ulysses, Sydney
20 Feb 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 780, Mining Corps, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Mar 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sapper, SN 780, 2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company), German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

Remaining behind with his disabled lorry until assistance could arrive, Sapper Ford fell asleep in the back of the vehicle and was found dead of exposure to the cold the following morning. Further details available on his Red Cross File ( 

"FORD.— Killed in action in France, March 13, 1917, Sapper Roger Ford, aged 34 years, beloved husband of Gertrude Ford, of 29 Falcon-street, North Sydney, left a widow and 6 children; second son of Mrs. and James Ford, J.P., of Ourimbah-road, Mosman. He died a hero." - from the Sydney Morning Herald 04 Apr 1917 (