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Thomas Walter FORD

Regimental number392
Place of birthMaryborough, Queensland
SchoolBrisbane Boys' Grammar, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMedical student
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 9"
Weight142 lbs
Next of kinSyd. K Ford, Innisfail, Wickham terrace, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date20 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 August 1914
Place of enlistmentEnoggera, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board Transport A5 S.S. Omrah on 24 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll9th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 25 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death25 April 1915
Age at death20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 31), 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
55
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Kelso, Bathurst, New South Wales. Parents: Thomas Sydney Herbert and Emma Mary FORD, 'Jesma', 50 Gladstone Road, South Brisbne. Native of Maryborough, Queensland
Family/military connectionsBrother: Lt Sydney Kelso FORD, 9th Bn, killed in action, 23 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Promoted corporal, 28 August 1914.

Embarked Brisbane, 24 September 1914.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 2 March 1915.

Reported wounded and missing in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915.

Court of Inquiry held in the field, 5 June 1916, pronounced fate as 'killed in action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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