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Bernard Francis FORD

Regimental number348
Place of birthLlangothlin New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationRailway employe
AddressNarrabri West, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Next of kinCousin, Mrs E Coxworth, Chatsworth, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date4 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPTE (AAMC)
Unit name1st Battalion, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Field Ambulance
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

'Gallantry and devotion to duty during period 21 September 1916 to 25 February 1917.'
Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30107 (1 June 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette No. 169 (4 October 1917).
Recommendation date: 3 March 1917

Meritorious Service Medal

'Fine example of cheerfulness and courage under fire and valuable service to wounded. (East of Ypres).'
Recommendation date: 29 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 4 July 1919

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the operations near WESTHOEK, East of YPRES. On 6th November, 1917 the enemy heavily shelled the area occupied by one Company, causing casualties. L/Sergeant FORD went to the assistance of the wounded, although the shelling continued, showing great bravery and coolness. His action without doubt saved the lives of some of the wounded. His cheerfulness and courage under fire have always been of the highest order, and his example has meant much to the men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 110
Date: 25 July 1918

Meritorious Service Medal

'For consistently good works and devotion to duty from 25th February to 16th September, 1918. Sergeant FORD, who is the R.M.O.s assistant, has accompanied the Battalion during every tour in the line and his conduct and devotion to the care of the wounded under all conditions has been worthy of the highest praise and his cheerfulness at all times a valuable asset.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 67
Date: 3 June 1919

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death21 May 1959
Place of burialMacquarie Park Cemetery

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