William Henry Joseph Ford

Jul 13, 1886

Born in Brighton, England to Edward John and Mary Ann (nee Croft) Ford


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59333 (temporary number 67)

Ø  Next of kin given as Elizabeth Ford, wife, Gananoque, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Shovel Maker

Ø  Previous military experience given as 3 years with the 20th Hussars in England

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “A” Company

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


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


Sep 2, 1915

Forfeited 3 day’s pay for being absent for 3 days


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Feb 25, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for an eye test


Feb 26, 1916

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Feb 28, 1916

Admitted to the Division Rest Station at the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance in Hazebrouck, France with a diagnosis that reads error of refraction


Mar 3, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Base Depot in the Rouelles Camp, Havre and his medical classification was changed to TB (Temporary Base) meaning he was not fit for combat duty


May 8, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in the “B” Camp near La Clytte, Belgium


May 18, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Defective Vision


May 20, 1916

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Oct 16, 1916

Attached to the 255th Tunnelling Company for duty


Jan 16, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from the tunnelling company


Jan 19, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Mar 22, 1917

Attached to the 4th Canadian Machine Gun Company for duty


Apr 9, 1917

During the attack on Vimy Ridge, France Private Ford received a shrapnel wound to his left hand and was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station for treatment


Apr 10, 1917

Transferred to the No. 8 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux


Apr 13, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Denis


On arrival in England he was admitted to the 3rd Northern General Hospital in Sheffield

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Apr 16, 1917

X-Ray shows 1.5 mm piece of shrapnel remains in his hand


Apr 19, 1917

Transferred to Ashgate House Convalescent Home, Chesterfield


Jun 18, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bearwood Park, Wokingham


Jun 22, 1917

Attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot) for rehabilitation


Oct 10, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Dec 3, 1918

Attached to Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Dec 12, 1918

Embarked the SS Regina in Liverpool



Dec 20, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Dec 23, 1918

Taken On Strength the Casualty Company, Military District No. 3 in Kingston, Ontario


Dec 24, 1918

Granted leave until January 6, 1919


Feb 12, 1919

Transferred to the No. 3 Detachment of the CMPC (Canadian Military Police Corps) in Kingston


Jul 26, 1919

Medical Board in Kingston notes

Ø  Patient suffers from defective vision

Ø  Man claims the condition was the result of an explosion in a dugout in France

Ø  Board recommends discharge as Medically Unfit for general service with disability due to service


Aug 1, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Lance Corporal

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Gananoque, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Tanner St., Gananoque, Ontario


Mar 9, 1924

William Henry Joseph Ford died of Paralysis of the Insane while a patient of the Rockwood Hospital, Kingston and was buried in the Gananoque Cemetery



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