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Trooper John Ford

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: John Milvington Ford aka Milvington

Ancestor's date of birth: 13/02/1870

Ancestor's date of death: Detail not provided.

Cause of Death: Not stated

Service Number: 897

Colony or State of enlistment: Not applicable, Place of Enlistment: "Authorised to join" in Cape Town South Africa.

Unit: NSW Lancers

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: November 1899

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): Cannot locate record of post Boer War service.

Murray Page: 11

Contingent: First New South Wales

Ship: Was already in South Africa

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasp: Cape Colony

Memorial Details: New South Wales Lancers' Memorial Museum, Parramatta NSW.

Personal Characteristics: Love of adventure.

Reasons to go and fight: We assume that his reasons would be for loyalty to England and a love of adventure. Brother of Trooper Theron Ford of Thorneycroft's Mounted Infantry.

Details of service in war: He joined the NSW Lancers in Capetown on that unit's arrival in Capetown. He had been working in the Mines in South Africa. He was a POW captured at Slingersfontein, he escaped from Watervale, Pretoria with 14 others made his way to Lourenco Marques (now Maputo) in Mozembique. After 3 months travel he rejoined his unit at Capetown.

Service and life after the Boer War: He returned to working in the Mines in South Africa after the war was over. He did not return to Australia.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Jennifer Wheeldon, Wentworth NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Niece

Name of Descendant: Dorothy Forrester, UNDERWOOD QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: Granddaughter

 


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