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Angus Salier FERGUSON

Date of birth17 February 1888
Place of birthLaunceston, Tasmania
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27.11
Height5' 8"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinMother, Lilian Halliburton Ferguson, 9 Northcott Terrace, Medindie, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed as Lieutenant, 80th Bn, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date14 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 October 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name48th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT Seang Bee on 10 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll48th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Promotion date: 1 October 1916

FateKilled in Action 3 May 1918
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialAdelaide Cemetery (Plot III, Row K, Grave No. 2), Villers-Bretonneux, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated in North Road Church of England Cemetery, Adelaide, South Australia. Commemorated on Supreme Court Roll of Honour, Adelaide, South Australia. Inscription ('Those Who Fell') reads: 'Ante diem periit sed miles sed pro patria' ['He died before his time, but as a soldier, and for his country.' From the poem 'Clifton Chapel' by Henry Newbolt]. Parents: Frederick and Lilian H. FERGUSON. Native of Launceston, Tasmania. Photo: Peter Dennis

Croix de Guerre (France)

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 10 February 1917; disembarked Devonport, England, 2 May 1917, and marched in to 12th Training Bn, Codford.

On command, School of Instruction, Kandahar Barracks, Tidworth, 14 May 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 11 July 1917; taken on strength, 48th Bn, in the field, 25 July 1917.

Promoted Lieutenant, 7 August 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 29 December 1917; rejoined Bn from leave, 16 January 1918.

Killed in action, 3 May 1918.

Statement, Red Cross File No 1050404E, Lt R.C. BEECHMORE, 48th Bn (patient, 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, England), 27 June 1918; 'I know that Lt. Ferguson was killed at Villiers [sic] Brettoneux on the date given, he was shot straight through the head by a machine gun bullet and died instantaneously. He was buried the next morning by the stretcher bearers of the 45th Battn. near the line where he fell.'

Second statement, 3930 Pte A.R. ZERNA, 48th Bn (patient, No 11 Stationary Hospital, Rouen), 20 August 1918: 'He was killed at Monument wood near Villers Bretonneux. He was wounded in the shoulder and could not get back by himself, so I went to help him, and as we were going back, he leaning on me, he was shot through his helmet and head and was killed instantly. He dropped and did not move or speak again. This occurred during an attack we were making. I heard he was buried but I do not know where. The enemy was too strong for us, and we retired to our front line. He was my Plat. officers and a good one, for he looked well after his men.'

Medals: Croix de Guerre, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FERGUSON Angus Salier
Red Cross File No 1050404E

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