150903, Private, Albert Archibald FORDHAM
Aged 25
no theatre of war posting
79th Battalion, (Manitoba Regt.) Canadian Infantry
Died of Illness on Monday 26th March 1917

Born in Newmarket on 16th January 1892 [Newmarket 3b:519 ]to James Thomas and Julia FORDHAM (née FROST) of 15 Stanley Road, Newmarket.

1901 census...Albert [9] was at Stanley Road, Newmarket with his father James [38], tailor, born Newmarket; his mother Julia [29] born Walsall, Staffs, and brother James [4] and sisters Lily [11] and Ethel [5]. All the children were born in Newmarket.

1911 census...Albert [19] a shop porter was at 41 Granby Street, Newmarket with his father; brother James Alfred and his uncle Alfred FROST. His mother and both sisters were servants for William Walters at Albert House Stables, Newmarket.

He married Florence L FORDHAM ( who later re-married as WALLACE in British Columbia) presumably after enlistment in Canada. Possibly he was the Albert FORDHAM who embarked on the SS Virginian at Liverpool on 18th February 1914 to St John, New Brunswick, Canada

National Archives of Canada Ref RG 150, Accession 1992-93.166, box 3196-4. Albert enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force at Brandon, Manitoba on 24th July 1915, giving his father,. James Thomas Fordham of 15 Stanley Road, Newmarket as next of kin . He was 5' 7" (170.2 cm)tall, 159 lbs (72.3 jg), 34" to 36 1/2 " (86.4 to 92.7 cm) chest, brown eyes.black hair, Church of England, occupation - farmer. His pay allotments were sent to Mrs Florence L. Fordham, 1604 College Avenue, Brandon, Manitoba.

He suffered various illnesses from 1915 to 1916,including bouts of pleurisy, tonsilitis and pneumonia and arriving in UK on 4th May 1916 and to Shornecliffe (Moore Barracks Canadian Hospital) on 9th May 1916 where TB was diagnosed, being sent to Hermitage sanitorium, Hastings on 16th May, He was discharged in Quebec and admitted to Ninette Sanitorium on 20th July 1916. He had never joined an active unit in the BEF,hence no medals. Albert died in a specialist TB hospital (Ninette Sanitorium) Manitoba. His effects, medals etc were sent to widow, Mrs W.J.WALLACE at Mission City, British Columbia

His younger brother James was killed in 1916.. see here

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Albert is buried in Brandon Cemetery, Manitoba, Canada - Ref:S.16.B.E.L.44

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