Born Surrey as Ford Hermann Hueffer, of an English mother and German father, Francis Heuffer. Grew up in Pre-Raphaelite circles. On the death of their father in 1889 Ford and his brother went to live with Ford Madox Brown their mother's father (for whom Ford modeled as a child) and subsequently introduced the Madox into their names. Then, in 1919, having served in the Great War with his German name, FMH changed his surname by deed poll to Ford. The novel The Good Soldier is considered his masterpiece. Lived much of his live in France where he died.