Captain Keith Langler Ford, Royal Marines

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  1. Danny Burt

    Danny Burt Member

    On a recent visit to a church near Barnstaple in Devon I came across this grave in the CWGC section.

    Captain Ford, Royal Marines

    Can anyone tell me anything about him, photos, Combined Ops etc??

    I know he is recorded with his name on the CWGC site.


    Thanks for looking...


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  2. Tricky Dicky

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    Keith Langler Ford
    BIRTH 6 DEC 1913 • Brentford, London Borough of Hounslow, Greater London, England
    DEATH 19 DEC 1941 • Barnstaple, Devon, England

    Died 19/12/1941
    Royal Marines
    Son of Lt. Robert Bertram Ford, 2nd Tunnelling Coy., Canadian Engineers, (killed in action in Belgium, 2nd June, 1916), and of Ethel Ford, of Hadley Common, Hertfordshire.

    UK, British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960
    Name: K. L. Ford
    Event: Death
    Death Date: 19 Dec 1941
    Death Place: Nr Chivenor
    Ship: Kestrel

    UK and Ireland, Find A Grave Index, 1300s-Current
    Name: Cpt Keith Langler Ford
    Birth Date: 1914
    Birth Place: Brentford, London Borough of Hounslow, Greater London, England
    Death Date: 19 Dec 1941
    Death Place: North Devon District, Devon, England
    Cemetery: St. Augustine Churchyard
    Burial or Cremation Place: Heanton Punchardon, North Devon District, Devon, England
    Has Bio?: Y

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Keith L Ford
    Death Age: 28
    Birth Date: abt 1913
    Registration Date: Dec 1941
    Registration district: Barnstaple
    Inferred County: Devon
    Volume: 5b
    Page: 770

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  3. Tricky Dicky

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    Captain Keith Langler Ford
    Royal Marines
    Died 19th December 1941 – near Chivenor, Devon
    Age 27
    A professional serviceman, Keith Langler Ford was commissioned in the Royal
    Marines on 1st January 1932 and awarded ‘wings’ on 7th May 1939. He served
    upon the aircraft carriers Furious, Ark Royal and Argus.
    He died of multiple injuries following a flying accident; he was the passenger in
    a Lysander aircraft that crashed. He is buried in the churchyard of St Augustine
    at Heanton Punchardon, Devon.
    He was the only son of Robert Bertram Ford and Ethel (nee Langler). His father
    was a Lieutenant with the 2nd Tunnelling Company, Canadian Engineers, who
    was killed in action in Belgium on 2nd June 1916. It is difficult to appreciate the
    grief that Ethel suffered.
    Keith, his mother, and an aunt (Mabel Langler) were all residents of North Gate
    House, Camlet Way.

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  4. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member


    Source Gro War Death Naval Officers Indices(1939 To 1948)
    Archive reference NAVO
    War Second World War, 1939-1945
    Record set British Armed Forces And Overseas Deaths And Burials
    First name(s) Keith Langler
    Sex Male
    Last name Ford
    Death year 1939-48
    Birth year -
    Rank Captain
    Unit or regiment Kestrel
    Type Armed Forces
    Registration year -
    Branch of service R.M.
    Decoration -
    Records year range 1939-1948
    Line number 13
    General Register Office
    Category Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records
    Subcategory Civil Deaths & Burials
    Collections from Great Britain, UK None

    On 24 May 1939, the RAF handed over RAF Worthy Down to the RN and RNAS Worthy down [near Winchester] established with HMS KESTREL as its parent ship. It ceased to be used as a base for squadrons of the FAA in 1942 due to the orientation of the runway. The aircraft manufacturer Supermarine used the airfield in the development of the Spitfire from December 1940 to March 1944.

    Hope this helps

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  5. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    Naval Deaths WW2 (Family History - Royal Navy and Naval History.Net)

    FAA, 755 Sqn, Kestrel, air crash

    FORD, Keith L, Captain, RM, killed

    PARKER, John D, Ty/Lieutenant (A), RNVR, killed

    First name(s) John Dene
    Last name Parker
    Birth year 1903
    Age 38
    Death year 1941
    Death date 19 Dec 1941
    Number -
    Rank Lieutenant (A)
    Unit H.M.S. Kestrel.
    Regiment Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
    Grave reference -
    Cemetery or Memorial Horwood Churchyard
    Burial country United Kingdom
    Additional information Son of the Revd. Walter Parker and Mrs. Parker; stepson of Maj. C. P. Parker, O.B.E.; husband of Etta Nelson Parker, of New Malden, Surrey.
    Find War Dead
    War Second World War, 1939-1945
    Record set Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt Of Honour
    Category Military, armed forces & conflict
    Subcategory Second World War
    Collections from Great Britain, UK None

    This was the pilot

    Hope this helps

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  6. mooog1

    mooog1 Member

    I hope to speak to a lady with a family connection to him later in the week
  7. mooog1

    mooog1 Member

    Spoke to a Joan Curtis

    During ww2 , Fords mother and aunt were evacuated down to Instow in Devon and stayed in the New Inn Instow. Where Joan lived. Keith was coming down for Christmas to visit but his car broke down and caught a Lift with Parker whose family lived nearby in Bideford . Regrettably it didn’t make it

    We now know that the Lysander crashed into the All Saints church at North Molton, 15 miles or so from Chivenor, on the edge of Exmoor. Killing both men
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