Thursday 18 October 2012

Private Andrew Fergus

Born on 17 May 1898 in Dumbarton, Scotland - son of Samuel Johnston and Helen McKechnie Fergus - brother of Miss Mary Fergus, Maxville, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Maxville, Ontario, trade as farm labourer, single, no current or previous military service, Baptist, height of 5 feet 2 inches, chest of 34.5 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, blue eyes, fair hair.

Joined the 154th Battalion, CEF, in Maxville, Ontario, on 29 January 1916 (number 633394) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 - killed in action on 13 August 1917 - buried in La Chaudière Military Cemetery (grave IX.C.4), France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Fergus's headstone that I took in La Chaudière Military Cemetery in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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