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NameFORDE / FORD – John
Regiment (s)28th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 724
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
29th September 1830 / 18 years 2 months / Newry Down Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft 9 in
Fresh /  Black / Black / None
Overseas Service/DurationNew South Wales – 6 years 9 months
East Indies – 5 years 5 months
Length of Service21 years 3 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 22nd June 1852 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsNone
Intended Residence at
Not stated
Pension Districts1852-1854 Londonderry
1854 Turkey
1855 Londonderry
1855 Donegal
1856 Omagh
1861-1870 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
10th November 1860 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PALMERSTON 11th February 1861
Date/Place of BirthJune 1812 St Pauls Dublin Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
McGILLEN Sue (tentative)
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage18th July 1853 Tyrone Donegal Ireland
The handwriting is very indistinct and is transcribed as John  Ward
Children by 1st WifeSamuel James b 1855 Ireland
M (Mary) Agnes Shinners nee Ryan Widow of EPG Daniel Shinners 14th December 1878 Albany WA
D c1903 father John, Mother Susannah Gillan
Thomas B 26th January 1860 Clinleigh (Lifford) Tyrone Donegal Ireland
Father John Ford Mother Susan McGillian (sic)
Sarah Ann B 6th April 1862 Rottnest Island Western Australia
Father John Ford mother Susan McGillan (sic)
Helen Johanna B 30th October 1864 Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
2nd Husband of WifeBODDINGTON William
Date/Place of Marriage1871 Albany Western Australia
Children by 2nd HusbandNone known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesNot yet known
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial14th November 1870 Perth Western Australia
East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information1841 John Ford 724, 28th Regt, Location Sydney, New South Wales WO12/4449
1851 John Forde, 724, 28th Regt, Location Manchester, WO12/ 4457
Reason for discharge:
Chronic Rheumatism & chest affliction.
Private John Forde suffered in the early part of his service from chest affliction. In Australia had bowel complaint and a severe injury of the leg received on duty. In India, in 1842, while on passage up the Indus, he was most active and humane in assisting the unfortunate suffers from cholera during that awful epidemic; and, though he escaped that disease, he was attacked, soon after, with severe fever; and was 2 months under treatment – had a relapse in/43 at Bombay, and again in /44. Since then, he has had severe local affections; and has latterly complained of much oppression in the chest, rendering him unable to carry his pack. From his age and service he is not likely, to be, again, efficient, and is, therefore recommended be discharged. His disability is attributed to climate and service, not to vice or intemperance. Conduct in hospital always good.
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1851 Census HO 107/2224 Salford, Manchester, Lancashire
John Forde, 38, Unmarried, Soldier, 28th Regt., Born Dublin, Ireland.
In 1854 James Ford served with the Ambulance Corps in Turkey. The whole of his pension was to be paid to his wife (WO22/184) during this period. 

The Ambulance Corps was raised in 1854 for non- combatant service at the Crimean war battlefields they were former Army servicemen who had been discharged to pension. Consisting of four officers and two hundred other ranks and equipped with wagons for transporting the wounded and the necessary medical supplies they embarked at Woolwich on the 10th June 1854 for duty at Crimea where they were to act as stretcher bearers on the battlefield, provide transport for the sick and wounded from battle field to hospital, serve as hospital orderlies and servants for the medical staff. Totally untrained and already found unfit for service in the Army the Corps was not a success and within twelve months was disbanded the pensioners returned to the UK and their duties taken over by the Land Transport Corps and the Medical Staff Corps