Alexander Edgar FERGUSON


FERGUSON, Alexander Edgar

Service Number: 3038
Enlisted: 16 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 58th Infantry Battalion
Born: Natimuk, Victoria, Australia , July 1891
Home Town: Natimuk, Horsham, Victoria
Schooling: Tooan State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Farmer/Navvy
Died: GSW wounds & Septicaemia, 2nd Western General Hospital, Heald Place, Rusholme, Manchester, Lancashire, England , 2 August 1916
Cemetery: Manchester Southern Cemetery
Manchester Southern Cemetery (Row B, Grave No. 211), Lancashire
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

16 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private
29 Sep 1915: Involvement Private, SN 3038, 8th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
29 Sep 1915: Embarked Private, SN 3038, 8th Infantry Battalion, RMS Osterley, Adelaide
2 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 3038, 58th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...3038 Private Alexander Edgar Ferguson, 8th Battalion. A navvy from Natimuk, Vic prior to enlistment, Pte Ferguson embarked with the 10th Reinforcements from Adelaide aboard RMS Osterley on 29 September 1915. Later transferring to the 58th Battalion, he was wounded in France and, after being evacuated to England, died of wounds on 2 August 1916, aged 25. He was buried in the Southern Cemetery, West Didsbury, Manchester..."SOURCE (


Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 2nd August......Private Alexander Edgar Ferguson was born in 1891 at Natimuk, Victoria. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 16th July, 1915 as a 24 year old, single, Navvy from Natimuk, Victoria.

Private Ferguson embarked from Adelaide on RMS Osterley on 29th September, 1915 with 8th Battalion. He was admitted to Hospital at Egypt on 4th January, 1916 with Mumps.

Private Ferguson was transferred to 59th Battalion on 26th February, 1916 then transferred to 58th Battalion on 15th March, 1916 at Tel-el-Kebir.

Private Ferguson arrived in France on 23rd June, 1916.
Private Alexander Edgar Ferguson was wounded in action in France on 19th July, 1916 with GSW to legs and arms. He was invalided to England on Hospital Ship Jan Breydel then admitted to 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester on 24th July, 1916. The Hospital report records: "suffering from injuries received on July 19, 1916. Gunshot wounds of left leg, left arm & right & left Hands, Compound fracture of left Tibia which was very septic. On July 25th the left leg was amputated through the lower 1/3 of thigh. July 30th – Thrombosis of the deep veins of the right leg commenced & on August 1st gangrene commenced in the right foot”.

Private Alexander Edgar Ferguson died at 8 am on 2nd August, 1916 at 2nd Western General Hospital, Heald Place, Rusholme, Manchester, Lancashire, England from wounds received in action in France & Septicaemia. He was buried in Southern Cemetery, Manchester, Lancashire, England where 16 other WW1 Australians are buried.

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