Ford, Robert Bertram (1883-1916)

Robert Bertram (“Bert”) Ford was an engineer and contractor. He was also involved in automobile sales for a short time. He lived at 2060 Comox Street in 1915 and 1916.

He was born on July 26, 1883, in London, England. His parents were Robert and Susan Ford. Robert Ford was a dispensing chemist who lived at 20 Connaught Road, Stroud Green, London, in 1897.

Bert went to Merchant Taylors’ School from September 1892 to 1894.

It appears that Bert married Ethel Langler in England in early 1911. Ethel was born in England in March 1886.

By mid-1911, Bert was working in Vancouver as a road contractor. Bert and Ethel were living in the Manhattan Apartments at 784 Thurlow Street in Vancouver.

In 1912 and 1913, Bert was in an engineering and contracting business with John S. Bruce and Robert Bruce, using the name of Bruce and Ford. Bert and Ethel were living in apartment 32 of the Broughton Apartments at 1091 Broughton Street.

Broughton apartments, about 1910, City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 99-98, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/broughton-apartments.

Broughton apartments, about 1910, City of Vancouver Archives, CVA 99-98, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/broughton-apartments.

In 1914, Bert had become the managing director of the Forshaw Ford Automobile Company Ltd., which had a new building at 418 Georgia Street. The company was the Vancouver distributor for Cole and Studebaker cars. The “Ford” in the company name was Bert Ford, and the company appears to have had no connection with the Ford Motor Company. Hamilton Read, a Vancouver lawyer, was the president of the company. Thomas Guy Forshaw was the sales manager of the company.

Thomas G. Forshaw, Detail, [Group portrait of] the officers, 1st British Columbia Regiment, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Vancouver City Archives, LP 363,  http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/group-portrait-of-officers-1st-british-columbia-regiment-canadian-expeditionary-force

Thomas G. Forshaw, Detail, [Group portrait of] the officers, 1st British Columbia Regiment, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Vancouver City Archives, LP 363,  http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/group-portrait-of-officers-1st-british-columbia-regiment-canadian-expeditionary-force

By 1915, it appears that Bert was back in the contracting business. He was living at 2060 Comox Street.

The 1916, Vancouver directory indicated that Bert was in the rubber goods business, along with Harry Ratheram Sayer (1876-1946), who also lived at 2060 Comox Street.

In February 1916, Bert signed up as a lieutenant in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was with the Second Tunnelling Company. He stated that Ethel was living at “The Cottage, Creffield Road, Ealing, London, England.”

Bert was killed in action on June 2, 1916. He was commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

Ethel was living at 232 Willesden Lane in London. No further information is available for Ethel at this time.

It appears that Bert and Ethel did not have any children.

Robert Ford (grandfather of Robert Bertram Ford)

Robert Ford (1811-1897), http://www.geni.com/people/Robert-Ford/6000000016429296075

Marriage settlement: 1 Louisa Gent of Plymouth, spinster; 2 Robert Ford of Ivybridge, http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/rd/912c88a9-d1c9-46f2-bdb6-ee1f265598e6.

Louisa Ford, detailed death certificate, date of death: April 1, 1878; place of death: Ivybridge Ermington; age: 66 years; occupation: wife of Robert Ford, a landed proprietor, http://www.bafhs.org.uk/research-room/certificates/unwanted-death-certificates/article/43-ford.

“England and Wales Census, 1871,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5T2-DZ2 : accessed 17 May 2015), Robert Ford, Ridgway, Plympton St Mary, Devonshire, England; from “1871 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 10, folio 13, p. 20, Plympton St Mary registration district, Plympton subdistrict, ED 1, household 112, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm 831,791. [Possible connection.]

“England and Wales Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X3KX-FL6 : accessed 17 May 2015), Robert Ford, Plympton St Mary, Devonshire, England; from “1881 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing p. , PRO RG 11/, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey; FHL microfilm . [Possible connection.]

Robert Ford, notice to prove claims against estate, The London Gazette, December 31, 1897, page 7880, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/26924/page/7880/data.pdf: “ROBERT FORD Deceased. Pursuant to the Act of Parliament 22nd and 23rd Victoria cap. 35, intituled ” An Act to further amend the Law of Property and to relieve Trustees.” NOTICE is hereby given that all creditors and other persons having any claims or demands upon or against the estate of Robert Ford late of Ivybridge in the county of Devon Gentleman deceased (who died on the 19th day of April 1897 and whose will with a codicil was proved in the Exeter District Registry of the Probate Division of Her Majesty’s High Court of Justice on the 10th August 1897 by Robert Ford of 20 Connaught-road Stroud Green London Dispenser and Sarah Ann Adams Ford of Plymouth in the county of Devon Widow the surviving executors therein named) are hereby required to send in particulars in writing of their claims or demands to the said executors under cover addressed to us the undersigned Solicitors to the said executors on or before the 25th January 1898 after which date the said executors will proceed to distribute the assets of the said deceased among the parties entitled thereto having regard only to the claims and demands of which they shall then have had notice, and the said executors will not be liable or accountable for the assets or any part thereof so distributed to any person of whose debt or claim they shall not then have had notice.—Dated this 24th day of December 1897. WOOLLCOMBE and SON 2, Princess-square Plymouth Solicitors to the said Executors.”

Robert Ford (father of Robert Bertram Ford)

Robert Ford, notice to prove claims against estate, The London Gazette, December 31, 1897, page 7880, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/26924/page/7880/data.pdf: “Robert Ford of 20 Connaught-road Stroud Green London Dispenser.”

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X966-VTM : accessed 17 May 2015), Robert Ford, Hornsey, Middlesex, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing  county,  registration district, Hornsey subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey. [Occupation: Dispensery Chemist].

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X966-VT9 : accessed 17 May 2015), Susan Ford, Hornsey, Middlesex, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing  county,  registration district, Hornsey subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

Robert Bertram Ford

Free BMD Births, September quarter 1883, Robert Bertram Ford; district: Edmonton; volume 3a; page 230; http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=70882113:2995&d=bmd_1431336475

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q6JH-K3Z : accessed 17 May 2015), Robert B Ford, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Middlesex county, registration district, HORNSEY subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

Merchant Taylors School Register, 1871-1900, page 379, http://www.mocavo.com/Merchant-Taylors-School-Register-1871-1900/679044/401, September 1892, Ford, Robert Bertram, b. 26 July 1883, s. of Robert and Susan, Dispenser, Stroud Green. Left 1894. [Also available at this link: https://archive.org/stream/merchanttaylors00schogoog#page/n400/mode/1up.]

Merchant Taylors’ Boys’ School, Crosby, Wikipedia article,http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merchant_Taylors%27_Boys%27_School,_Crosby.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:26WF-JDY : accessed 17 May 2015), Robert B Ford, 1911; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Marriage, Brentford, Middlesex, England, General Register Office, Southport, England; http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=125338463:3724&d=bmd_1431336475.

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-9ST4 : accessed 17 May 2015), Robert B Ford, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm; http://data2.collectionscanada.gc.ca/1911/pdf/e001940292.pdf; http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63910&highlight=14&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Robert+B.+Ford.

Studebaker-info.org, dealers, Forshaw Ford, Vancouver, 1914: http://www.studebaker-info.org/Dealers/forshawfordvancouver1914a.jpg

“New Locations: The Forshaw ford Automobile Company, Ltd., Vancouver, B.C., distributor for Cole and Studebaker cars, has moved into its new $50,000 home at 418 Georgia street.”

Heritage Vancouver Society, http://permits.heritagevancouver.org/. Permits for 418 Georgia Street:

District: Vancouver
Permit: 5416
Owner: London & British North America Co.
Architect: Sharpe & Thompson
Builder: Bruce Bros.
Legal Address: DL: 541 Block: 55 Sub: Resub: Lot: 40
Date (Y-M-D): 1913-08-04
Street Number: 418
Street Name: Georgia Street
Value: $20,000.00
Remarks: Office/store
Reference ID: VN-3400-3401-1284
District: Vancouver
Permit: 8398
Owner: Stettler Cigar Factory
Architect: Self
Builder: Self
Legal Address: DL: 541 Block: Sub: Resub: Lot:
Date (Y-M-D): 1917-01-24
Street Number: 418
Street Name: Georgia Street W
Value: $150.00
Remarks: Repairs; alter building [BCR]
Reference ID: VN-1056-1057-8

Canadian Expeditionary Force; Ford, Robert Bertram; Rank: LT; Date of Birth: 26/07/1883; Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 3193 – 10; Item Number: 401381; http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=401381.

Lieutenant Robert Bertram Ford, Died: June 2, 1916; http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?Id=55612.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Ford, Robert Bertram; http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1592214/FORD,%20ROBERT%20BERTRAM.

Canadian Virtual War Memorial, Robert Bertram Ford; In memory of Lieutenant Robert Bertram Ford; June 2, 1916, http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/1592214

Where the Tunnellers rest, http://www.hut-six.co.uk/WW1/tunnellers-cem.html: Ford, Robert Bertram; lieutenant, 2nd tunnelling coy [sic]; date of death: 02.06.1916; memorial: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, panel 10.; Son of Dr. R. and Mrs S. Ford; husband of Ethel Ford, of 232, Willesden Lane, London, England.

Lieutenant Robert Bertram Ford, http://www.everymanremembered.org/profiles/soldier/1592214/.

Ethel Langler (wife of Robert Bertram Ford)

Freee BMD Births, June quarter 1885, Ethel Langler; district: Chelsea; volume 1a, page 366; http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=74219256:8858&d=bmd_1431336475,

“England and Wales Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q63J-63Z : accessed 17 May 2015), Ethel Langler, England; from “1891 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing PRO RG 12, Middlesex county, registration district, WILLESDEN subdistrict, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:X967-DFJ : accessed 17 May 2015), Ethel Langler, Willesden, Middlesex, England; from “1901 England, Scotland and Wales census,” database and images, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : n.d.); citing  county,  registration district, Willesden subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

“England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:26WN-Z3G : accessed 17 May 2015), Ethel Langler, 1911; from “England & Wales Marriages, 1837-2005,” database, findmypast (http://www.findmypast.com : 2012); citing Marriage, Brentford, Middlesex, England, General Register Office, Southport, England; http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/districts.pl?r=125358846:5423&d=bmd_1431336475.

Thomas Guy Forshaw (sales manager of Forshaw Ford Automobile Company Ltd.)

Lieutenant Thomas Guy Forshaw, http://canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=90648.

Thomas Guy Forshaw, https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/5872122

“Recensement du Canada de 1911,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV95-MGX6 : accessed 17 May 2015), Thomas Guy Farshaw, 1911; citing Census, Vancouver Sub-Districts 1-18, British Columbia, Canada, Library and Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm; .http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63715&highlight=41&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Thomas+Guy+Farshaw.

Portrait of Helen Muriel Forshaw [daughter of Thomas Guy Forshaw], http://british-miniatures20c.blogspot.ca/2008/02/unknown-portrait-of-helen-muriel.html.

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