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Ernest FORD

Regimental number8
Place of birthManchester, England
SchoolSt. Peter's School, England
Age on arrival in Australia23
ReligionChurch of England
AddressToronto, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 6.75"
Weight120 lbs
Next of kinFather, J H Ford, 22 Parkes Street, Levenshulme, Manchester, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date18 September 1914
Place of enlistmentBundaberg, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A40 Ceramic on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 2 May 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death2 May 1915
Age at death30
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 46), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John Harlow and Sarah FORD, 22 Parker Street, Levenshulme, Manchester, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Found guilty, Broadmeadows, 12 December 1914, of: (1) being absent without leave from 12.00pm, 10 December, to 12.00pm, 11 December 1914: forfeited 1 day's pay.

Embarked Melbourne, 22 December 1914.

Found guilty, Heliopolis, 12 February 1915, of: (1) conduct to the prejudice of good order: awarded 10 days detention; forfeited a total of 10 days' pay.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 12 April 1915.

Reported wounded and missing in action, Gallipoli, 2 May 1915.

Court of Inquiry held in the field, 18 April 1917, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 2 May 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FORD Ernest

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