- Service No:
- Date of Death:
- Royal Scots
- 2nd Bn. and British Army Aid Group
- G C
1. B. 41.
STANLEY MILITARY CEMETERY
- Additional Information:
- Son of Douglas Ford, and of Margaret D. Ford, of Edinburgh.
The following details are given in the London Gazette of April 18th, 1946: "Awarded the George Cross for most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner."
Capt. Douglas Ford, together with Lt. Col. Lanceray Newnham, M.C., Middlesex Regiment, were executed by the Japanese whilst prisoners of war for their parts in successfully contacting secret agents and organsing escapes and other disruptions. They were arrested along with others and subjected to torture and starvation and sentenced to death in the hope of making them talk. They remained silent and were eventually executed. Both were posthumously awarded the George Cross for their bravery.