Leopold George Pearce Ford

Date of birth: 1887
Place of birth: Andover
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 10th
Rank / Service No: Lance Sergeant, 3/4633
Died: 21st August 1915, aged 27 years
Commemorated: Helles Memorial, Turkey

 

Leopold was the oldest of 6 siblings born to Pearce Weeks and Eleanor Ann Ford (nee Toogood), who married in Dibden Pirlieu in 1886.

Both parents were born in 1864, Pearce in Dibden Pirlieu and Eleanor in Marchwood, and they both passed away in Southampton in 1949.

 

Siblings

Leopold George Pearce

Frederick Frank T. b. 1889 Andover   d. 1936 Southampton   Married Isabella F. Andrews in Southampton in 1913.

Richard Pearce   b. 1890 Andover   d. 1965 Romsey   Married Eva White in Romsey in 1916.

Eleanor Winifred   b. 1892 Guildford   d. 1970 Bournemouth

Evelyn Mabel Lucy   b. 1894 Cobham   d. 1987 Isle of Wight   Married Charles Smith in Southampton in 1930.

Sidney Charles   b. 1900 Southampton   d. 1985 Southampton   Married Ellen A. Sparks in Southampton in 1926.

 

Leopold married Mabel Clark in Southampton in 1909. the couple had 2 children and lived at 103 Mortimer Road, Itchen.

Harry William J.   b. 1912 Itchen   d. 1987 Winchester   Married Doris M. Burt in Winchester in 1936.

Marjorie M. E.   b. 1913 Dibden Pirlieu   d. ??   Married Edwin Harold Triggs in Southampton in 1939 (died 1986 Dibden Pirlieu).

 

The 10th (Service) battalion was formed at Winchester in August 1914, as part of the K1 New Army. It moved immediately to Dublin and was attached to the 10th (Irish) Division.

The battalion was transferred to the 29th Brigade in the 10th (Irish) Division in March 1915, and moved to Basingstoke in May.

 

The Division sailed from Liverpool on 7 July 1915, and landed at Anzac Cove on 6 August.

Within a matter of days, the battalion was involved in very heavy fighting with huge numbers of Turks at Sari Bair.

 

Leopold lost his life during a major Allied attack on Hill 60, a low knoll at the northern end of the Sari Bair range which dominated the Suvla landing.

Capturing the hill would have allowed the Anzac and Suvla landings to be securely linked.

 

The Battalion lost the majority of its fighting strength during the short time it was on the Peninsula. By early September 1915, only 4 officers and 222 rank & file remained.

 

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 19th July 2016
Updated:

 

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