George Arthur FERGUSON

Date of birth12 February 1887
Place of birthDubbo, New South Wales
OccupationWool classer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27.9
Height6' 0"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinGeorge Alfred Ferguson, Myagah Road, Mosman, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed 4 years in the Infantry (Unattached List).
Enlistment date3 November 1914
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentLieutenant
Unit name6th Light Horse Regiment, Headquarters
AWM Embarkation Roll number10/11/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A29 Suevic on 21 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Light Horse Regiment
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No 29354, 5 November 1915; 'Commonwealth Gazette', 27 January 1916..

FateReturned to Australia 23 December 1919
Discharge date10 March 1920
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 15 May 1915.

Awarded special mention in Divisional Orders for acts of conspicuous gallantry 'on the occasion of the demonstration made by the 2nd Light Horse Brigade on 12th July, 1915', 19 July 1915 (Lt Ferguson 'handled his troop with great gallantry, and helped to carry in a wounded N.C.O. at the end of the action under heavy fire').

Admitted to Blue Sisters Hospital, Malta, 4 September 1915 (debility); discharged fit for active service, 8 September 1915, and embarked for Egypt same day.

Mentioned in Despatches.

Embarked Alexandria for Gallipoli, 10 October 1915; rejoined 1st Australian Division for duty, 17 October 1915.

Appointed Temporary Captain as from 22 October 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 25 December 1915 (general Gallipoli evacuation.

Appointed Captain, 1 March 1916; Major, 19 July 1916.

Detached to School of Instruction, Zeitoun, 5 October 1916; rejoined 6th Light Horse Regiment, 2 November 1916.

Embarked for Taranto, Italy, 22 August 1917, as indulgence passenger for 3 weeks' United Kingdom leave.

Placed under orders in England, 15 October 1917, in readiness to proceed to Egypt and there rejoin his unit at an early date; disembarked Alexandria from Taranto, 3 November 1917; rejoined unit, 17 December 1917.

Taken on strength, 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment, 5 January 1918.

Seconded to command 2nd Light Horse Training Regiment, 6 January 1918.

Seconded to command Desert Mounted Corps Reinforcements Camp, Luud, 26 April 1918.

Admitted to 26th Casualty Clearing Station, 1 May 1918 (dyspepsia); discharged to duty, 5 May 1918.

Seconded to command Desert Mounted Corps Rest Camp, Port Said, 4 February 1919.

Embarked for UK 1914 leave, 12 July 1919.

Granted leave with pay and subs, 22 September-31 October 1919 (extended to 1-30 November 1919) (Non-Military Employment: wool trade, Laycock & Sons, Bradford, Yorkshire).

Granted leave, 2-12 December 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Napier', 23 December 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), 10 March 1920.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FERGUSON George Arthur