The Australian Boer War Memorial
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Trooper Theron Ford

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Theron Ford

Ancestor's date of birth: 16/08/1875

Ancestor's date of death: 1974

Cause of Death: Not stated

Service Number: 6488

Colony or State of enlistment: Not applicable, Place of Enlistment: Pietermaritzburg South Africa

Unit: A Company Thorneycroft's Mounted Infantry

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 26/11/1899

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): No record can be found of post Boer War service.

Murray Page: Not applicable, did not serve in an Australian unit.

Contingent: Not applicable

Ship: Was already in South Africa.

Memorial details: British Memorial Spion Kop South Africa.

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with clasps.

Personal Characteristics: Brother of Trooper John Ford of the New South Wales Lancers.

Reasons to go and fight: Love of adventure

Details of service in war: Enlisted on the 26/11/1899 and discharged 9/11/1900. Thorneycroft's Mounted Infantry was to become famous in the course of the war, was raised at Pietermaritzburg by Major A W Thorneycroft of the Royal Scots Fusiliers. The unit fought at Spion Kop and in many engagements across Transval and the Orange Free State in 1900.

Service and life after the Boer War: He remained in South Africa after the war and went into minining. He may have been there in that capacity before the war.

Descendant Details

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


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