Allan Clarence Ferguson



Mar 10, 1889

Born at Cayuga Ontario


Jun 19, 1908

Married to Grace Elizabeth Jepson at St Catharines Ontario 

Religion given at time of marriage Episcopalian


Jun 1, 1911

He is listed on the 1911 Canadian Census as living with his wife, mother-in-law and sister-in-law at 132 St Lawrence Dr, St Catharines Ontario


Dec 15, 1915

Attested into the 98th Battalion at Welland Ontario 

Ø      Number 210319

Ø      Next of kin given as Richard Ferguson (father) of Fort Erie Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk (General Store)

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company 

He gave his marital status as single.  I was unable to locate either a death notice for his wife, nor any indication of a divorce.


Jul 16, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jul 25, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Otterpool Camp


Oct 6, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength the 97th Battalion at Otterpool


Oct 30, 1916

TOS the 39th Reserve Battalion at the West Sandling Camp


Jan 1, 1917

TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling, Shorncliffe


Feb 7, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 8, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Feb 12, 1917

Left CBD to join unit


Feb 15, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The 21st Battalion was in the Front Line trenches in the Thelus sub section.  Pte Ferguson would likely have joined the rear detail behind the lines and not assigned to his Company until the Battalion was removed from the front line.  He was assigned to the Signals Section.


From the book titled A War Diary by J Alexander Bain, a signaler of the 21st Battalion


Apr 9, 1917

Severely wounded by shrapnel in the face fracturing his lower jaw and knocking out several teeth.  He was admitted to the Battalion Aid Station then transferred to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


From the book titled A War Diary by J Alexander Bain, this portion is from April 9, 1917


Apr 10, 1917

Transferred to the No 13 Stationary Hospital at Boulogne


Apr 13, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Denis


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Apr 14, 1917

Admitted to the 3rd Northern General Hospital at Sheffield


Apr 16, 1917

Transferred to the 2nd Northern General Hospital at Leeds


Apr 19, 1917

Surgery performed to remove shrapnel pieces from jaw, as well as several teeth.  A piece of bone 1” x ½” was also removed from the lower jaw


Apr 28, 1917

Splint cemented in and temporary bridge fitted to allow for healing.


Sep 9, 1917

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) at 7 pm


Sep 10, 1917

Reported to hospital at 7 pm.


Sep 11, 1917

Admonished for being AWL and forfeits 1 day’s pay


Sep 17, 1917

A new splint was cemented in to keep the jaw firmly in one place and recommended that it remain in place for at least 1 month


Oct 13, 1917

Transferred to the Ontario Military Hospital at Orpington


Oct 29, 1917

In addition to his injuries, he is now diagnosed with Pulmonary Tuberculosis


Dec 24, 1917

Forfeits 2 days pay for being AWL for 1 day


Jan 5, 1918

Transferred to No 5 Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Liverpool


Feb 4, 1918

Embarked the SS Araguaya at Liverpool and Invalided to Canada



Feb 16, 1918

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto Ontario 

TOS Military District No 2 at Toronto Ontario


Feb 21, 1918

Transferred to the Convalescent Hospital at Whitby Ontario


Mar 4, 1918

Transferred to the Whitby Military Hospital


Mar 6, 1918

Proceeded to Toronto for Xrays of jaw


Apr 10, 1918

Certificate issued entitling him to dental bridgework and treatment after discharge from the CEF


May 7, 1918

Discharged from the CEF at the Ravina Barracks, Toronto Ontario 

It would appear from the file that he was still being treated as an out-patient at the Whitby Hospital on discharge


May 14, 1918

Discharged from Whitby Military Hospital care


Jul 8, 1918

Medical report compiled at the Niagara Camp states the following 

Ø      Wounded by shrapnel at Vimy Ridge April 9, 1917

Ø      Lower jaw fractured and several teeth blown out

Ø      Still has pain when chewing food.

Ø      Only able to eat soft food and liquids without pain

Ø      7 teeth are missing due to injury

Ø      Jaw strength is about 2/3 normal

Ø      Has been fitted with special dental plates

Ø      Placed in Category “E” and recommended for discharge as Physically Unfit 

It would appear that this report was compiled after his discharge for records purposes


Sep 16, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to him at Fort Erie Ontario


Aug 18, 1948

Allan Ferguson died in Fort Erie, Ontario and was buried in the St. John's Anglican Church Cemetery in Fort Erie.


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