Mr Ford was the 1896 Durban champion and won the title only once. I have been
unable to discover much about him. The 1897 Natal Almanac shows that
he was on the club committee and that the club was still meeting at the Barrow
Green Cafe, where it was founded in 1893. The club hours were from 7.30pm to
11pm on Tuesday nights. Those interested in the early days of the Durban Chess
Club should read this article by Mervyn Millar
that appeared in the March 1974 issue of the Durban Chess Club Bulletin.
The 1897 Natal Almanac lists Mr Ford as an advocate, attorney and notary. The chairman of the Durban Chess Club at the time was Harry Escombe Q.C. who also practised as an advocate and attorney. Other members of the club committee were Messrs B.W. Greenacre, G.A. Champion, S. Marriott, D.T. Johnson, W.J. Marriott, C.V. Deeley, S.C. Chard, C.A.L. Bull and R.W. Borders. Some of these names are still well known in Durban.
So far I have unable to find any games by Mr Ford.