Charles Wilbraham Watson Ford

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Charles Wilbraham Watson Ford
Born (1896-07-17)17 July 1896
Staindrop, Durham, England
Died 13 October 1972(1972-10-13) (aged 76)
Battle, Sussex, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Years of service 1914 - 1947
Battles/wars

World War One

Anglo-Soviet invasion of Persia

Brigadier Charles Wilbraham Watson Ford (1896-1972) was an officer in the British Indian Army during World War II. He was educated at Cheltenham College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant and appointed to the Unattached List for appointment to the Indian Army 16 December 1914 [1] and was appointed to the 35th Sikhs 11 February 1915.[2]

He served in Mesopotamia from 2 October 1916 to 26 January 1918 then 24 June 1918 to 19 January 1919. He was Mentioned in Dispatches London Gazette 27 August 1918.[3]

He served during the Afghanistan, North West Frontier 1919 operations and was wounded.[4]

He transferred to the 5th battalion 11th Sikh Regiment on 1 February 1922[5] and rose to be appointed Lieut-Colonel commanding on 2 May 1938.[6]

He was appointed acting then temporary Colonel from 9 May 1941 to 1 November 1943. He was also appointed acting then temporary Brigadier from 9 May 1941. He was a Brigade commander from 9 May 1941 to 29 July 1942. [7]

As part of Paiforce (formerly Iraqforce), Ford commanded the 19th Indian Infantry Brigade of the Indian 8th Infantry Division during the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Persia.

He was Mentioned in Dispatches London Gazette 17 December 1942 for gallant and distinguished services in Waziristan as Lt-Col.[8]

Promoted Colonel 2 November 1943 with seniority from 2 May 1941.[9]

He retired Colonel (Honorary Brigadier) 1 September 1947 [10]

Command history[edit]

  • 1938–1940: Commanding Officer, 5th battalion 11th Sikh regiment, India
  • 1941–1942: Commanding Officer, 19th Indian Brigade, India and Persia

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ London Gazette 15th December 1914
  2. ^ London Gazette 23 July 1915
  3. ^ Indian Army List Supplement 1941
  4. ^ Indian Army List Supplement 1941
  5. ^ Indian Army List Supplement 1941
  6. ^ October 1939 Indian Army List
  7. ^ Half Yearly Army List January 1946 p.126
  8. ^ London Gazette 17 December 1942, page 5496
  9. ^ Half Yearly Army List January 1946 p.126
  10. ^ London Gazette 10 October 1947