Arthur Edward FORD

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FORD, Arthur Edward

Service Number: QX8367
Enlisted: 14 June 1940
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Australian General Hospital
Born: Longreach, Queensland, Australia, 16 March 1918
Home Town: Rockhampton, Rockhampton, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Prisoner of War - Executed, Malaya, Singapore, 17 March 1942, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Kranji War Cemetery
Kranji War Cemetery, Kranji, Singapore
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Private, SN QX8367
14 Jun 1940: Enlisted
14 Jun 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN QX8367, General Hospitals - WW2
17 Mar 1942: Involvement Private, SN QX8367, 10th Australian General Hospital

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Private Arthur Ford was awarded the Commendation for Gallantry for actions following capture by the Imperial Japanese Army on 15 February 1942 until his execution as a result of an escape attempt on 17 March 1942. On or around 16 March 1942, Private Ford and five other men escaped Changi Prison Complex, stole a boat but were recaptured by Japanese forces while wading ashore on the Malay side of the Johor Strait. Private Ford and the other five men, who are also being awarded the Commendation for Gallantry, were subsequently sentenced to death and executed on 17 March 1942. - Defence Honours and Awards

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