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Regimental number2821
Place of birthMinmi New South Wales
SchoolMinmi and Hamilton, New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressMerewether, via Newcastle, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, R Ferguson, Minnie Street, Newcastle, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date27 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 30 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll56th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 11 January 1917

FateDied of wounds 29 September 1917
Place of death or woundingPasschendaele, Ypres, Belgium
Age at death27
Place of burialLijssenthoek Military Cemetery (Plot XX, Row C, Grave No. 9), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial

Military Medal

'Near GUEDECOURT, this N.C.O. who is in charge of the Company Lewis Guns, on 4th December, 1916, during which the Platoon to which he was attached was being relieved by a Platoon of the 55th Battalion, noticed one of the men belonging to the relief fall into a shell hole, apparently wounded through hostile machine gun fure. Sergeant FERGUSON jumped out of the fire trench and went over to the supposed casualty, but finding that the man had merely taken a precautionary measure commenced to make his way back to the fire trench, when he discovered that another man of the relief was bogged in an old communication trench close by. He went back, still under fire, and, at personal risk, extricated the second man from the rt to front line, he did splendid work on several occasions. On one occasion three of his party became casualties and he volunteered to go back and bring up the rations. This he carried out successfully under very heavy shell fire. The effect of his conduct on his men was inspiring throughout.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Other detailsMedals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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