Curtis FORD #4784

Indigenous Australian, Private Curtis FORD, 15th Infantry Battalion.

Curtis Ford was working as a stockman when he first enlisted in August 1915 aged 27 years, he named his eldest sister Lena Bostock (nee Ford) as his next-of-kin.

In March 1916 a warrant for his arrest was issued, after he had absconded from the camp in November 1915 and had not returned. He was given the opportunity to re-enlist later that month, however Curtis contracted pneumonia while at Rifle Range Camp, Enoggera which left him with a cough and pains in the left side of his chest.

He embarked for overseas in April 1916 but on arriving in Egypt in May he contracted Bronchitis and was admitted to No. 2 Australian General Hospital, Alexandria. After several months, he was admitted to Ras-el-tin Convalescent Hospital and diagnosed with suspected Tuberculosis.

It was then decided that he should be returned to Australia in October 1916 and be medically discharged. Curtis later succumbed to the influenza epidemic in 1919, and died in June 1919, he is buried at Gayndah Cemetery.

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Marg Powell & Des Crump


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