Edward Ford

Date of birth: 1881
Place of birth: Sholing, Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 5659
Died: 6th July 1915, aged 34 years
Buried: Talana Farm Cemetery, Belgium (Plot II, Row D, Grave 23)


Edward was the second of 6 known siblings born to Frederick and Julia Ford (nee Ansell), who married in Southampton in 1877.

The couple are known to have had 11 children, and 6 of them were dead by the 1911 Census.


Frederick was born in Wilton in 1853 and he died in Southampton in 1932.

Julia was born in Southampton in 1859 and she is thought to have passed away in Andover in 1929.



George Arthur   b. 1879 Sholing   d. 1965 Bishop’s Waltham   Married in 1902…..


Frederick   b. 1882 Sholing    d. 1934 Southampton

Daisy   b. 1888 Sholing   d. ??

Charles Henry   b. 1894 Sholing   d. 1962 Southampton

Albert   b. 1896 Sholing   d. 1933 Romsey


The family lived at 36 Chantry Road, St. Mary’s at some stage and Edward is known to have been living with his brother George and his family at the 1911 Census.


The Hampshire 1st Battalion became part of the 11th Brigade of the 4th Division in August 1914, just prior to landing at Le Havre for action on the Western Front.

It is not known exactly under what circumstances Edward perished, but he is buried with 6 of his regimental colleagues who all died on the same day.


Talana Farm was one of a group of farm houses named by the army from episodes of the South African war.


The cemetery was begun by French troops in April 1915, taken over by the 1st Rifle Brigade and 1st Somerset Light Infantry in June 1915 and was used by fighting units until March 1918.

Buried in Plot II, Rows E & F are a number of men of the 1st East Lancashire Regiment who died in a small but successful attack on 6 July 1915.


It is just possible that the 1st Hampshires may have helped with this attack, therefore explaining Edward’s place in the cemetery.


The cemetery holds 529 Commonwealth WW1 burials.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 19th July 2016


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