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Ernest John FERGUSON

Regimental number419
Date of birth3 September 1894
Place of birthWagga Wagga, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationDraftsman
Address'Wyotu', Trail Street, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMrs E H Ferguson, 'Wyotu', Trail Street, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Previous military service16th Battery Australian Field Artillery
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentBattalion Quartermaster Sergeant
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 1, Battery 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/29/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A8 Argyllshire on 18 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Recommendation date: 20 January 1917

FateReturned to Australia 18 January 1919
Medals

Military Cross

'Since the inception of this Battery viz 5.7.16, he has by his example and ability, inspired and set a high standard for Trench Mortar work. On the night of 19.8.16, in front of Fleurbaix, he cut the wire and breached the enemy parapet so well, that the raiders on return declared that they were in the enemy's trenches before they realised it. He thus established a confidence in trench mortar work, that was much appreciated throughout the entire Division, and by his constant success of tasks since that date, that confidence has been maintained. He has gained the admiration of his men and inspired them in their duty by his fearlessness under heavy shell fire.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103
Date: 29 June 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Died as a result of wounds and gassing.

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death1922-23

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