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Richard Oscar FORD

Regimental number852
Place of birthWiliamstown, Victoria
Place of birthGellibrand Fort, Williamstown, Victoria
SchoolCatholic School
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressHobson Street, Queenscliff, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinFather, R O Ford, Hobson Street, Queenscliff, Victoria
Enlistment date9 November 1914
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name1st Light Horse Regiment, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/6/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 17 March 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Meritorious Service Medal

Recommendation date: 16 January 1919

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularDied of Bronchial pneumonia
FateDied of disease 4 February 1919
Age at death27
Age at death from cemetery records27
Place of burialHighgate Cemetery (Row 147, Grave No. 41344), St Pancras, London, England
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Richard Oscar and Mary Jane FORD, Hobson Street, Queenscliff, Victoria

Meritorious Service Medal

'During the period 25th February 1918 to 16th September 1918. For marked ability and devotion to duty. This N.C.O. has shown exceptional initiative and resource in supplying ammunition to Batteries under difficult and trying conditions. His work during the whole period has been worthy of the highest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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