Service Number: 6746
Enlisted: 12 September 1916, at Adelaide
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: Army Pay Corps (AIF)
Born: Dulwhich , South Australia, Australia, 9 April 1892
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Bank teller
Died: Pulmonary tuberculosis, Moonta, 14 September 1920, aged 28 years
Cemetery: Moonta Cemetery, South Australia
West. 5. 52., Moonta Cemetery, Moonta, South Australia, Australia
Memorials: Adelaide Savings Bank of South Australia Honour Roll WW1, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Burra District WW1 Honor Roll, Burra Fallen Soldiers Memorial, Quorn Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

12 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6746, 10th Infantry Battalion, at Adelaide
7 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, 6746, 10th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Afric embarkation_ship_number: A19 public_note: ''
7 Nov 1916: Embarked Private, 6746, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide
18 Oct 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, Army Pay Corps (AIF)
10 May 1918: Discharged AIF WW1, Corporal, 6746, Army Pay Corps (AIF)
14 Sep 1920: Involvement 6746, Army Pay Corps (AIF), --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 6746 awm_unit: 10 Battalion awm_rank: Second Corporal awm_died_date: 1920-09-14

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Biography contributed by Saint Ignatius' College

Leslie Roy Fergusson was born in April 1892 in Norwood, Adelaide, South Australia to Mrs. L H Fergusson. He was the oldest child in his home with two younger brothers, and they lived with their mum in Norwood Adelaide before the war. Before the war he worked as a clerk. He was single in his whole life so he didn’t have any children. Fergusson joined the army when he was 24 years and 5 months old, at the time he was 5 feet 4 inches tall which is 1.63cm nowadays. He enlisted in the AIF in Adelaide on September 12, 1916. At the time, he was single, had no children, and believed in Christianity.  

Two months after Fergusson joined the AIF, on the 7th of November of 1916, he went on a ship from Adelaide Australia to England. He arrived in Plymouth England on the 9th of January 1917. On his way from Adelaide Australia to Plymouth England, his mother wrote to the army a letter about their family had moved from Norwood Adelaide to Melbourne if he had any items of letter to send home or return after the war Hometo send them to the new address in Melbourne. On the 14th of April 1917, four months after he arrived in England, Fergusson’s first job was on duty at the Second South General Hospital in Plymouth England, and later on with other hospitals in England. But while in England he mostly worked with the Pay Corps. During 1917 he was promoted to 2nd Corporal.

In late 1917 Fergusson was hospitalised again with pulmonary tuberculosis. on 1 February 1918 this caused him to embark again for Australia, for medical discharge. He stayed in the hospital in London for another month and boarded the ship from London to Australia on the 18th of March 1918. He was discharged from the AIF in Australia on 10th May. He died two years later, probably from his TB, and was buried at Moonta, South Australia. 



Biography contributed by Malcolm Neil FERGUSSON

Leslie had two brothers and a sister,  his brothers Alfred and James both served in the 1st AIF. Alf was with the 27 Battalion at Galipoli and The Western Front, he was awarded Military Medal and bar. James served with 11 Platoon C Company 3rd Machine Gun Battalion on the Western Front. James received the Meritorious Medal in the King George the 5th birthday Honors list in September 1918. Leslie surcum to TB in April 1920 , On return to Australia, the 3 boys returned to the family farm in Dulwich [Now a suburb in Adelaide] but not long after, Alf, James with their father and family purchased the Prince Alfred hotel in Gawler SA.