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William FERGUSON

Regimental number1750
Place of birthLismore, Victoria
SchoolMcArthur State School, Ballarat, Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationLabourer
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 5"
Weight139 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Perry, 38 Peel Street, Ballarat East, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 January 1915
Place of enlistmentArarat, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name7th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/24/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 14 April 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll58th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death41.6
Place of burialRue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery (Plot II, Row A, Grave No. 1), Fleurbaix, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
165
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Jane and the late William FERGUSON. Native of Timor, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Joined 7th Bn, Gallipoli, 26 May 1915, and posted to A Company.

Wounded in action, Lone Pine, Gallipoli, 8/9 August 1915; admitted to Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915 (bomb wound, shoulder); disembarked Malta, 14 August 1915, and admitted to St George's Hospital, Malta; transferred to St Patrick's Hospital, Malta, 21 August 1915; embarked for England, 9 September 1915; admitted to No 5 London General Hospital (St Thomas' Hospital), 16 September 1915; disembarked Alexandria from Devonport, England, 13 January 1916; rejoined 7th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 15 January 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 24 February 1916; taken on strength of 59th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 24 February 1916.

Found guilty, 26 February 1916, of being absent without leave from 1500 hours, until Retreat, 25 February 1916: awarded 7 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Taken on strength of 58th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Buried at Rue du Bois Cemetery by Reverend F.P. Williams, 20 July 1916.

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

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