Arthur FORD
Rank: Private
Number: M2/047876
Unit: 135 Mechanised Transport Company ARMY SERVICE CORPS
Date of Death: 11 March 1915
Age: 28
Cemetery: Greenwich Cemetery, London

Even though he never got chance to serve abroad, Arthur died on active service and was reported to be the first from Bramhall to do so. He was the youngest son of James (a blacksmith) and Elizabeth and, at the time of the 1901 Census, was working as a grocer's errand boy, aged 14. He lived with his parents and his brother, John, at 184 Moss Lane. His other brother, Joseph, lived nearby at 210 Ford's Lane, with his wife Sarah. Both John & Joseph worked in the family blacksmithing business.

When he left school, Arthur worked for a Mr Burkitt of Bramhall Nurseries and, later, for the Misses Rostron at The Ramillies in Cheadle Hulme. Whilst at The Ramillies, he learned to drive and often let people know that he had driven round Cheadle Hulme "on his own", although at that time he didn't have a driving licence.

He enlisted in January 1915. This will have been at the ASC's main depot in London - Grove Park. He was assigned to 135 Company and he would have been trained to drive 3-ton and 30-cwt lorries and, no doubt, other vehicles. In early March, he contracted "fever" and his condition quickly deteriorated. John & Joseph travelled to London but, for some reason, were not able to see him. He appeared to improve but then died. As he had died in Britain, Arthur's body could have been returned to Bramhall for burial but this would have been at the family's expense. They must have decided against this as Arthur was buried in London. His brothers attended the funeral.

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