Neil Ferguson

Jul 6, 1896

Born in Murvale, Ontario to Joseph E. and Carrie (nee Babcock) Ferguson


Apr 1, 1913

Shown at the PWOR summer camp in Kingston as a Signaller


Jul 1, 1913

Summer camp ended


Jul 29, 1913

Completed 5 days signals training with the PWOR in Kingston


Jun 24, 1914

Completed 5 days signals training with the PWOR at Camp Petawawa, Ontario


Jul 2, 1914

Completed 11 days signals training with the PWOR in Kingston


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59316 (temporary number 65)

Ø      Next of kin given as Joseph Ferguson, father, corner of York and Alfred Streets, Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Plumber

Ø      Previous military service given as 2 years in the PWOR (Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment) in Kingston

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to No. 2 Platoon,  “A” Company

o       He was later re-assigned to the Signal Section 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Aug 14, 1915

Fined 2 days pay for absence


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Jun 5, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Jun 14, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Sep 15, 1916

Private Ferguson received a shrapnel wound to his upper thigh that caused damage to his leg and hip.  He was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid, then transported to a casualty clearing station for additional treatment.


Sep 17, 1916

Transferred to the No. 13 Stationary Hospital in Boulogne and reported to be dangerously ill after gangrene developed.


Sep 21, 1916

Private Ferguson died at 9.00 am from his wound and the effects of gangrene and was buried in the Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Boulogne, France

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. J.E. Ferguson, 453 Alfred St., Kingston, Ontario 

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. C Ferguson, at the same address



  Private Ferguson is honoured on the Kingston, Ontario Memorial Wall

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