Michael Joseph FORD

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FORD, Michael Joseph

Service Number: 73
Enlisted: 21 September 1914, Townsville, Queensland
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 5th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Croydon, Queensland, 6 April 1890
Home Town: Cloncurry, Cloncurry, Queensland
Schooling: Cloncurry State School
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 14 November 1915, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Shell Green Cemetery
I.E.3
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: "The Monument" Cloncurry, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Cloncurry & District, Cloncurry War Memorial, Croydon War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

21 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 73, Townsville, Queensland
21 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 73, 5th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
21 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 73, 5th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Persic, Sydney
16 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 73, 5th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
9 Aug 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 5th Light Horse Regiment
14 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 73, 5th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

Michael Joseph FORD

Michael was born 6 April 1890 in Croydon Queensland; the fourth child the son of James Ford and his wife Maria Grogan. Michael enlisted in Townsville on the 21 September 1914 and was posted to the 5th Light Horse. He was killed in action on 14 November 1915 and buried on the same day, officiated by Rev. Father Mullins in the Shell Green Cemetery, Dardanelles, Turkey (grave reference I.E.3).

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"... I saw Michael Ford from the "curry" station. He was all right. Then, of course, the Light Regiment never got to the front until three weeks after our regiment. They were lucky, I can tell you, they did not miss much. A lot of them missed a bullet by being so long after us. I saw a few of the "Curry" chaps, but most of them came in the last battalion. I don't know how the Turks are treating them. It was late in August when they got to the front. I think I left on August 15, and there were none of the new battalions there then. But I know the Turks will give them a very warm reception..." - from the Townsville Daily Bulletin 11 Dec 1915 (nla.gov.au)

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