Hugh Valentine FERGUSON


FERGUSON, Hugh Valentine

Service Number: 1021
Enlisted: 1 March 1915, Wangaratta, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 24th Infantry Battalion
Born: Oxley, Victoria, 1891
Home Town: Bobinawarrah, Wangaratta, Victoria
Schooling: Bobinawarrah State School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 29 November 1915
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave, Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Holbrook War Memorial, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing, Oxley War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

1 Mar 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1021, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
1 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Wangaratta, Victoria
10 May 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1021, 24th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
30 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1021, 24th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

Hugh Ferguson senior - obituary Wednesday 18/12/1914 - Wangaratta Chronicle

The death occurred on Sunday morning at his home, "Graceville," Bobinawarrah, of Mr. Hugh Ferguson. For three years past Mr. Ferguson had been in failing health and death was due to anaemia, He had had the attention of several doctors, and also the benefit of the services of a trained nurse, in addition he was attentively cared for by Mrs Ferguson. The late Mr. Ferguson was 60 years of age and the eldest son of the late Mr. and Mrs John Ferguson of Milawa, who were amongst the earliest and most highly respected settlers in that district. He was born at Collingwood and with his parents went to Stanley where they lived for a few years, and fifty years ago removed to Bobinawarrah where Mr. Ferguson, Senr. took up land, naming the homestead "Graceville". There the family was reared and in later years Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson removed to Milawa, and the subject of this obituary having married Miss Janet Kerr of Milawa, took over the homestead, and resided at "Graceville" till the time of his death. Mr. Hugh Ferguson was of a quiet and unassuming disposition and by his pleasant and genial ways won the esteem and respect of everyone who came in contact with him; and so his death has been heard of with regret by his large circle of acquaintances. He was a splendid neighbour and useful resident to the district. He was a worthy member of the fine Ferguson family and much sympathy is felt
for Mrs Ferguson and the children in their bereavement. Mr. Ferguson carried on farming, grazing and dairying with success, a result due to his careful application of the sound grounding he received In his younger days from his father who was a fine stamp of the early pioneer. He was a lover of horses and bred many good and valuable animals. He was.a keen admirer of trotting horses and bred several which he sold at high prices and which afterwards won in good company in this district and other parts of the State. Amongst those he kept was Honest Lass, which has performed well. Mr. Ferguson took apart in district movements and always helped with his services and money any thing that was calculated to benefit the district. He was a director of' the successful Milawa Co-operative Butter Factory for many years and was a member of the Board of Management of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Milawa for twenty years, retiring from both those bodies recently on account of his health.
Besides Mrs Ferguson a family of six sons and two daughters survive, namely:-Jack, Norman, Hugh Valentine, Thomas Louder, George and Andrew Kerr and Misses Margaret and Grace Joan, all of whom reside at Bobinawarrah. The brothers and sisters of deceased are - Messrs Geo. W. and James Ferguson, Milawa; Mr. Douglas Ferguson, Bobinawarrah; Mrs J. G. Gardner, Milawa; Mrs. J. Henley, South Yarra; Mrs. W. Gray, Brunswick.
The funeral took place on Monday afternoon when the,remains were interred in the Milawa cemetery. The cortege, which consisted of sixty vehicles and a number of horsemen, was a very representative one. The burial service was read by the Rev. Mr. Jones and the funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. G. V. Steele. The coffin bearers were four sons of deceased, viz., Messrs J. N., H. V., and T. L. Ferguson."


Obituary - Wangaratta Chronicle, Saturday, 12/2/1916

"KILLED IN ACTION. PTE H V FERGUSON. Several weeks ago the relatives of Pte Hugh Valentine FERGUSON, of Bobinawarrah, received information that he
was reported missing. On Wednesday last the Defence Department forwarded a telegram notifying that Pte FERGUSON was now officially reported as having been killed in action on 29th November at Lone Pine. A bursting shrapnel shell was the cause of his death. The telegram came through to the Rev F CHISHOLM, who conveyed the sad news to the family. Pte H V FERGUSON was the third son of Mrs and the late Mr Hugh FERGUSON, of Gracevale," Bobinawarrah, and was 24? years of age. He enlisted early in 1915, and had been in the trenches on Gallipoli for several months before meeting his fate. He was a fine stamp of a soldier. He was engaged in farming at Holbrook NSW, when he enlisted, and he and his brother, Pte Geo FERGUSON, left for the front together, his brother having since been invalided to England sick, and is now in Scotland. Pte FERGUSON was a prominent playing member of the Milawa football club, and his amiable and sociable disposition made him extremely popular. Deep regret will be felt at his death - but he has won a hero's reward - and sincere sympathy will be
extended to the mother and family in their loss. Deceased brothers and sisters are - Messrs Jack, and Andrew, of Bobinawarrah; Norman and Thomas, of Holbrook, Pt Geo FERGUSON, on service, Misses Margaret and Grace
FERGUSON, Bobinawarrah."

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Born in 1891 in Oxley, Victoria.

Father Hugh FERGUSON (b. 5/6/1853 Adelaide SA - d.13/12/1914 Milawa VIC) and
Mother Janet (known as Jean, nee KERR)-(b. 19/3/1858 Snake Valley VIC - 6/5/1939 Wangaratta, VIC)
living at Bobinwarrah, Wangaratta, Victoria

Sister        Margaret Ferguson  (b. 13/9/1885 Oxley VIC - d. 1951 Camberwell VIC)
Brother     John Ferguson  (b. 28/9/1887 Oxley VIC - d. lockjaw 25/1/1918 Wangaratta VIC)
                m. Elizabeth Ruby Culph
                c1. Hugh Valentine Ferguson (b. 23/1/1917 Wangaratta VIC - d. 1979 Yarra VIC)
                c2. John Andrew Ferguson (b. 1918 - d. 1993 Wangaratta VIC)
Brother     Norman Ferguson  (b. 1889 Oxley VIC - d. 12/10/1917 France)
                m. Rosina Myrtle Culph
                c1. Thomas Ferguson (b. 25/4/1917 - d. 3/11/1972)
Himself     Hugh Valentine Ferguson
Brother     Thomas Louden Ferguson  (b. 9/4/1893 - d. 9/4/1918 France)
Brother     George Ferguson  (b. 12/7/1895 Oxley, VIC - 1989)
                m. Mary Earl Seymour (b. 9/7/1892 Adelaide, SA - 1976 Wangaratta, VIC)
                c1. Janet Mary Ferguson (b. 22/7/1932 NSW - d. 21/12/1983 Cohuna, VIC)
Sister        Grace Jeannie Ferguson  (b. 11/9/1897 Oxley VIC - d. _____)
                m. ____ Connors
                c1.  John Valentine Connors (b. 12/1/1922 - d. 18/7/1977)
Brother     Andrew Kerr Ferguson (b. 16/8/1900 Wangaratta VIC - d. 30/4/1975 Frankston VIC)
                m. Grace Marjory Swinton (b. 1901 Warnambool VIC - d. 29/11/1984 Bendigo VIC)
                c1. Marjory Ann Ferguson


Next of kin in service:
Brother     2316  Private Norman Ferguson  (27 years old)
                  B Company, 37th Battalion
                  12/10/1917  killed in action, Passchendaele Ridge
buried in:    Poelcapelle British Cemetery - (died 28 years old)
                  (Plot XXXIII, Row E, Grave No. 12), Belgium

Brother      2317 Private Thomas Louden Ferguson (22 years old)
                  D Company, 37th Battalion
                  9/4/1918  killed in action, Somme
buried in:    Mericourt L'Abbe Communal Cemetery Extension - (died 25 years old)
                  (Plot II, Row F, Grave No. 11), France

19/4/1918 a cable was sent to George stating that the AIF had previously emailed him a cable on 4/4/1918 noting his brother Norman had been killed and apologising that he had not seen it.  The cable also stated that his other brother T L Ferguson had witnessed Norman's death, being that they were in the same Battalion.

On the same cable from 19/4/1918, the AIF advised George it was with deep regret that he was now informed that they had received a reply from his brother T L Ferguson stating "I am sorry to say that which you heard about me seeing Norman killed is unture, I can't find trace of him anywhere."   Then the AIF advised George that Reverend Alfred E Collen, Chaplain of the 37th Battalion, had found the note with the other effects of Private T L Ferguson, he had been killed in action on 9/4/1918.

Brother    1027 Private George Ferguson (19 years old)
               ** (note he previously had service #1095 when with 23rd Battalion)
               24th Battalion
               10/5/1915  embarked (with Hugh) on board HMAT A14 Euripides
               6/6/1918    Returned to Australia
               14/8/1918  discharged from service in AIF on compassionate discharge

January 1918 (George Furguson wrote to AIF noting his brother's details)

Hugh was described on enlisting as 24 years old; single; 5' 9" tall; 140 lbs; clear complexion;
blue eyes; light brown hair; Presbyterian.

1/3/1915       Enlisted at Wangaratta, Victoria

8/3/1915       reported at Sturt Street Depot

12/4/1915     Commanding Officer appointed Hugh to A Company, 24th Battalion

10/5/1915      Embarked from Port Melbourne on board HMAT Euripides A14
                     as a Private in 6th Infantry Brigade, 24th Infantry Battalion, A Company

30/8/1915      proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Forces (MEF) in Gallipoli

29/11/1915    initially reported 'Missing' at Gallipoli

29/11/1915    Killed in action at the Dardanelles, Gallipoli


His name is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey.

His name is located at panel 101 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial,
Canberra, ACT.

1914-15 Star (18751); British War medal (11416); Victory medal (11366)
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (312645)

1967  his sister Mrs Grace J Connors applied for the GALLIPOLI Medallion.

Sourced and submitted by Elizabeth Allen and Julianne T Ryan.  4/5/2015.  Lest we forget.