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Richard Albert FERGUSON

Regimental number1129
Place of birthBeaudesert Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressJelbyn via Beaudesert, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs Levina Maud Ferguson, Jelbyn via Beaudesert, Queensland
Enlistment date18 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name42nd Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/59/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A30 Borda on 5 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work near Hamel on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 13 August 1918

FateReturned to Australia 12 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

On 8 August 1918, daring the operations on the Somme, east of Hamel, Private Ferguson rendered valuable assistance as a runner, carrying and delivering many messages through enemy shell fire and machine-gun fire, and over bad ground, without hesitation. The success which the platoon had in reaching the objective without being disorganised in spite of the dense fog and the bad ground was chiefly due to Private Ferguson for the manner in which he assisted his platoon commander.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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