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Arthur Ernest FERGUSSON

Regimental number4488
Date of birth1896
Place of birthBalmain, Sydney, New South Wales
SchoolBirchgrove Public School, Balmain, New South Wales
ReligionMethodist
OccupationCoach painter
Address54 Rowntree Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 5.25"
Weight112 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Jane Fergusson, Rowntree Street, Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date26 September 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Osterley on 15 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 23 August 1918
Place of death or woundingSt Martin's Wood, near Proyart, France
Age at death23
Place of burialHeath Cemetery, Harbonnieres (Plot V, Row C, Grave No. 2), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
32
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James Stevens and Mary Jane FERGUSSON, 54 Rowntree Street, Balmain, New South Wales
Medals

Military Medal

'During the period September 30th to Octobter 6th while we occupied the front line trenches EAST OF YPRES our position was under constant shell fire and all telephone lines were continually cut. This N.C.O. who is a Company Signaller displayed the greatest energy and courage in repairing the lines. Time after time during the heaviest bombardments he left Coy. H.Q., a place of comparative safety, and worked along the lines repairing all breaks, thus maintaining communications with .............. and Coy. H.Q. His courage was a splendid example to the men of two companies who could see his work, and had a good influence in steadying men who were shaken by the heavy shelling.'

Family/military connectionsBrother: 17564 Driver Ralph Ivo FERGUSSON, 1st Australian Wireless Signal Squadron, returned to Australia 9 March 1919; Cousin: 1910 Corporal Albert FERGUSSON, 53rd Bn, died of wounds, 2 October 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, FERGUSSON Arthur Ernest

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