FORD, Sidney John

No.240828, Private, Sidney John FORD
Aged 25

1st/5th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
formerly 2987 Suffolk Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Tuesday, 16th October 1917

Born in Bury St.Edmunds in 1892 (2nd qtr 4a:771) son of George and Frances Mary FORD (née GARWOOD)

1901 census...Aged 9 he was at 36 Church Walk, Bury St.Edmunds with his father George FORD [60] Army pensioner born Ripe, Sussex; his mother Frances Mary [44] born Little Saxham; brothers Percy [18] (labourer) born Bury St.Edmunds, Arthur [13] born Little Saxham, Herbert [5] and Sidney [9] both born Bury St.Edmunds. Brother George was at Alverstoke in the Rifle Brigade

1911 census...Aged 19, a labourer, he was Lambert Place, Bury St.Edmunds were his parents; brothers Herbert, Charles and Arthur ( last 2 labourers). Brother George was likely in India in the Rifle Brigade. His mother had lost one of her 7 children (Percy had died in 1909). Five sons were to die in the war, Arthur, Sidney, Herbert, George and William.

4 of his brothers also died in the war
George see here
Herbert see here
Arthur see here
William see here

He enlisted in Bury St.Edmunds. With no service record found and dying from wounds, there is no way to establish where or when he was wounded.

photo - CWGC

Sidney Ford is buried in Gaza War Cemetery, Palestine 8:G:6

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