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Maurice Alfred FERGUSSON

Regimental number334
Date of birth5 December 1895
Place of birthMelbourne, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStation hand
AddressBangate Station via Walgett, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMrs R Fergusson, Bank of Australasia, Jerilderie, New South Wales
Enlistment date24 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentGunner
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 RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Division Artillery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Work near Cerisy-Gailly on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 16 August 1917

Mention in Despatches


Awarded, and gazetted, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 30448 (28 December 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 57 (18 April 1918).

FateReturned to Australia 9 December 1918
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He got his guns quickly into action in five successive positions, in close support of the infantry. On one occasion his prompt initiative in selecting a different route to that traversed by his battery commander not only saved the guns, but the lives of many of his men. His cool judgmernt and foresight set a high standard to all ranks of his battery.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Bar to Military Cross


Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Family/military connectionsBrother: 563 Sergeant Rupert Donald FERGUSSON, 3rd Bn, returned to Australia, 17 March 1917; Cousin: 3036 Pte Sydney William Harold GREEN, 59th Bn, killed in action, 19 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Transferred to 4th Divisional Ammunition Column, 4 August 1915. Evacuated from Gallipoli, August 1915.

Wounded in action, France, June 1917 (gun shot wound).

Medals: Military Cross, Bar to Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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