James Wesley Ferguson

Jan 15, 1886

Born in Mariposa, Ontario to Kenneth William and Mary Matilda (nee Eakins) Ferguson


Nov 18, 1916

Attested into the 252nd Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario 

Ø      Number 1087029

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Mary Ferguson, mother, Little Britain, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Carpenter

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

The battalion trained in the Lindsay area 

On attesting he gave his birth date as January 12, 1888 to make him appear to be 2 years younger


Nov 25, 1916

Promoted to rank of Sergeant and posted to the Headquarters Section as the Pioneer Sergeant


Jun 2, 1917

The battalion embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool and proceeded to Seaford where the entire battalion was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Jun 10, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Private because the 6th Reserve Battalion had no need for additional Sergeants


Nov 14, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and joined the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 17, 1917

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart


Nov 24, 1917

Left the CC Rein C and joined the 21st Battalion in the front line near Les Tilleuls


Nov 29, 1917

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty 

On this same day, his mother passed away in Canada and his brother, W. Ferguson, was eventually declared to be his next of kin


Dec 11, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion


May 6, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal with pay to replace A/L/Cpl LeRuez 675719, who had been promoted


Jul 24, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl LeRuez 675719, who had been promoted


Aug 27, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on the Sensee River, L/Cpl Ferguson was killed in action and subsequently buried in the Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, west of Haucourt, France.  Note that this is a double grave with James' name listed on the bottom

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, W.E.N. Ferguson, Coldwater, Ontario 

No Memorial Cross was issued

L/Cpl Ferguson is also honoured in the Little Britain, Ontario Cemetery by the IOOF


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