Ford North, Kenneth Francis


He was the elder son of Stephen Thomas Ford North (D1895-1900), of Comeragh Court, Hook Heath, Surrey, and Margaret Wilmot North, the sister of L.C.G. Booth (B1895). He was the brother of Geoffrey Edward Ford North (K1930- 1934). He came to Winchester from Lockers Park, Hemel Hempstead.

His intellectual ability was good, and he made his way easily up the school. In games he had decided gifts, especially in athletics where he established new records for Junior and Middle Hurdles, although an accident to his knee prevented him from fulfilling his early promise. He became a House Prefect in 1931, and later Senior Prefect. He went on to Jesus College, Cambridge, and from there into business, studying engineering.

Before the war he held a Commission in the Tower Hamlets Rifles, a Territorial Battalion of the Rifle Brigade. After mobilization his unit became 9th Battalion, Rifle Brigade, and was sent to the Middle East,  moving to Mersa el Brega, the furthest west position which the British had reached in North Africa. The British commander, Wavell, had been ordered to send troops to Greece, just as German forces had begun to arrive in North Africa.   Ford North was unlucky enough to be with his unit when Rommel’s forces, newly arrived in North Africa, launched their first major operation of the desert campaign. This fell largely upon the inexperienced Territorials of the Tower Hamlets Rifles on 31st March 1941.     Ford North was killed that day, between Mersa el Brega and Agedabia.   He lies in grave 7.A.33 of the Benghazi War Cemetery.  The inscription on his headstone reads:  “dulce et decorum est/ pro patria mori”

 

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Ford-North
  • Forenames or initials: Kenneth Francis
  • House: K
  • Years in School: 1927-1932
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Rifle Brigade
  • Date of Birth: 17th December 1913
  • Date of Death: 1st April 1941
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner F1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Benghazi War Cemetery: Grave 7.A.33