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Pte Joseph Ford  Regt # 3432
Donated by David Pike

Joseph Ford was a fisherman from English Harbour, Trinity Bay.
He joined the Royal Newfoundland Regt on 19 January 1917 and was assigned Regt # 3432.
His next of kin is stated to be his father Stephen Ford of English Harbour, Trinity Bay.

The Descriptive Report on Enlistment states that Joseph was 20 years old, a Fisherman, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 130 pounds, and had chest girth of 36.5 inches (with a range of expansion of 3.5 inches).

Joseph was hospitalised as follows:
- 42 days from 13 April 1917 to 25 May 1917 for Scarlet Fever
- 62 days from 9 June 1917 to 10 August 1917 for Diphtheria
- 15 days from 30 August 1917 to 14 Sept 1917 for Debility
- (chiefly weakness of muscles of legs)

Joseph was discharged on 3 July 1919. Written in his Statement of the Services are the following notes:

Embarked St John's train to Halifax 17/3/1917
Embarked for BEF 23/11/1918
Joined Battalion 5/1/1919
Arrived back from B.E.F. 23/4/1919
Demobilized 22/5/1919
Arrived Newfoundland 1/6/1919

A receipt for 2 inches of Riband of British War Medal 1914-1919 was signed on 13-11-19 at English Hr TB by Joseph Ford.

He left Rouen Camps 22/4/19, embarked at Havre 22/4/19, disembarked at Southampton 23/4/19 and reached Hazeley Down Camp 23/4/19.

Mrs Miller, of 20 Coronation Street in St John's billeted Joseph Ford from June 1st 1919 to June 8th 1919.

A letter written by Joseph Ford to Capt J H Snow was sent from English Harbour on June 21, 1919. It is noted that he was driven from Port Rexton to English Hr by cab. The cabman was Mr Joseph Penny.

A form entitled "Descriptive Return of a Soldier Discharged on Account of Disability", dated 4 June 1919, gives the following details:

- intended address: English Hr TB
- height on discharge: 5 feet 9
- colour of hair on discharge: light brown
- complexion: fair
- colour of eyes: blue
- figure on discharge: tall
- Christian name of father: Stephen
- Christian name of mother: Mary Ann
- place and date of soldier's birth: English Hr, 29 Jan 1897

A form dated 30/4/19 states of his present condition:
"He complains of no disability"

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