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Theodore William FERGUSON

Regimental number528
Place of birthFremantle, Western Australia
SchoolState School, Western Australia
ReligionSalvation Army
AddressYork Road, Midland Junction, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinFather, Thomas Cameron Ferguson, York Road, Midland Junction, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets for 4 years (1 year as 2nd Lt).
Enlistment date20 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll22 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 6 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
FateKilled in Action 24 June 1917
Place of death or woundingWarneton, Messines, Belgium
Age at death19.1
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 27), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas Cameron and Charlotte FERGUSON, 47 Walcott Street, Mount Lawley, Western Australia. Native of Fremantle, Western Australia

Military Medal

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 219
Date: 20 December 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked from Fremantle, 6 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, 21 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 25 November 1916.

Admitted to 10th Australian Field Ambulance, 27 January 1917 (ulcer, right foot); discharged to duty, 13 February 1917.

Detached to 3rd Divisional School, 25 March 1917; rejoined Bn, 1 April 1917.

Promoted Temporary Corporal, 28 May 1917.

Awarded Military Medal, 24 June 1917.

Killed in action, 24 June 1917.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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