Private 10374 Benjamin Ford

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Killed in Action on Wednesday, 18th August 1915, age 23.
Commemorated on Panel 134 to 136 of Helles Memorial, Turkey.

7th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 33rd Brigade of 11th Division.

Eldset son of Mr S Ford of 22 Rubery Street, Darlaston, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Wolverhampton, Resident: Darlaston.

First landed Balkans, before 1st January 1916.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/696175/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Benjamin Ford registered September quarter 1892 in Dudley.

1901 Census
44 The Green, Darlaston, Staffs.
Samuel Butler (32, Iron Bolt Maker, born Darlaston), his wife Mary (29, born Darlaston), and their 5 children: Benjamin (8, born Darlaston), John (6, born Darlaston), Nancy (4, born Darlaston), William (2, born Darlaston) and Martha (2 months, born Darlaston).

1911 Census
The Butler family were still living at 44 The Green. Benjamin was no longer living there, but nearby with his maternal grandmother.

1911 Census
8 Richards Street, The Green, Darlaston, Staffs.
Martha Butler (58, born Coseley), 5 of her 8 children: Samuel John Butler (33), George (28), Martha (24), Edward Howl Butler (21), Maggie Dora Butler (16), and her grandson Benjamin Ford (18, Blacksmith's Striker at Nut and Bolt Works, born Tipton).

Personal Data

Benjamin Ford was born 31st May 1892 at 46 Lower Church Lane, Tipton. Son of Samuel, an iron bolt maker and Mary, nee Butler.

Photograph courtesy of David Baldwin.

Action resulting in his death

On August 6th the 7th South Staffs took part in the landings at 'B' Beach, Suvla Bay. Two days later the 7th South Staffs took part in an attack on Chocolate and Scimitar Hill which went disastrously wrong. The 'History of the 7th South Staffs' reports 400 casualties, this is highly likely as 10 men were killed on the 8th August, and 121 on the 9th August.

After holding a front-line trench running towards Chocolate Hill until 13th August, the Battalion had a much needed rest out of the front line. On 18th August, the Battalion again manned the same front line trench. At some stage during this day Benjamin Ford was killed in action, he was the only 7th South Staffs man killed that day. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.

Newspaper Cuttings

Express and Star, November 1915
The death is officially reported of Lance-Corporal B. Ford, of the 7th South Staffordshire Regiment, who was killed in action.
Lance-Corporal Ford, whose home was at 44 The Green, Darlaston, was well known in the district.
The deceaced soldier's officer says that Lance-Corporal Ford was one of the best men he had under him, and his name had been put in for promotion. He was absolutely fearless, and ready for anything he might be called upon to do.