Frank Trayton Ford


Jan 17, 1880

Born in Brighton, England to Frederick Trayton and Sarah Lawson (nee Carr) Ford

 

Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

 

Ø  Number 59331 (temporary number 633)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Philadelphia Ford, wife, Napanee, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as Royal Sussex Regiment for 6 years

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “F” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.

 

Nov 17, 1914

Appointed to the provisional rank of Corporal

 

May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec

 

 

May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training

 

Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Corporal

 

Jul 23, 1915

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request

 

Sep 2, 1915

Posted to the Headquarters Staff to be employed as a Pioneer

 

Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone

 

 

Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer

 

 

 

Aug 8, 1916

While occupying the front line trenches on the Ypres Salient near Voormezeele, Belgium, the enemy landed a few artillery shells in the front line area.  Private Ford was buried by the explosion of one of those shells and after being dug out by his comrades, he was suffering from a concussion and evacuated to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the No. 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment.  The battalion’s war diary lists 4 casualties, 2 of which were described as Shell Shock.

 

Aug 10, 1916

Transferred via the No. 18 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 25 General Hospital in Hardelot, France

 

Aug 30, 1916

Transferred to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot in Boulogne

 

Sep 5, 1916

Discharged from hospital care after being reclassified as TB (Temporary Base) meaning he was not fit for combat duty.  He was transferred to the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France for light duties

 

Sep 9, 1916

Admitted to the No. 7 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Boulogne with a diagnosis that reads Neurasthenia

 

Sep 13, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Asturias

 

On arrival in England he was admitted to the 4th Southern General Hospital in Plymouth

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital

 

Oct 9, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bearwood Park, Wokingham

 

Feb 2, 1917

Embarked the SS Missanabie in Liverpool

 

 

Feb 11, 1917

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Quebec City, Quebec

Medical Board in Quebec City notes

Ø  Patient is very nervous and hyper-excitable

Ø  Suffers from insomnia

Ø  Has trouble with spine causing difficulty in walking

Ø  Suffers from headaches and dizziness

Ø  A little deaf in left ear

Ø  Board expects symptoms will last 2 to 3 months

 

Feb 22, 1917

Left Quebec City by train for Kingston, Ontario

 

Feb 23, 1917

Taken On Strength of the “C” Unit of the Elmhurst Convalescent Home, Kingston to be treated as an Out Patient

For the next 12 months Frank Ford was in and out of the convalescent home alternating between in and out patient status

 

Mar 20, 1917

Medical Board in Kingston notes

Ø  Patient is deaf in left ear and slightly deaf in right ear which may improve

Ø  Very nervous and suffers from tremors in hands

Ø  Has headaches and complains of constant dizziness

Ø  Has back pain and is unable to stoop

Ø  Board recommends further convalescent treatment

 

Feb 23, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Napanee, Ontario

Following the end of the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Napanee, Ontario

 

May 14, 1951

Frank Trayton Ford died while a patient in the Ontario Hospital, Kingston, Ontario of Paranoia and was buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Napanee, Ontario

 

 


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