FERGUSON, Donald

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Enlistment Address

Mundah, Gilgandra, NSW

Service Number

5683

Unit

13th Battalion,

Comment

Tooraweenah Kookaburra

Fate

KIA 18.9.1918

Information

Private Donald Ferguson passed his medical examination in Sydney on January 31 and it described him as 5’6” tall, 126lbs, chest expansion of 32-35”, fresh complexion, brown eyes, dark hair with no distinctive marks noted. He was Presbyterian religion and had Rheumatism 12 years ago, aged 16 years. Donald’s father was deceased and Alice Ferguson of Mundah, Gulargambone NSW was his next of kin.

After training, Donald embarked for Egypt on May 3, 1916, on HMAT Clan MacGillivray, with the 13th Battalion. They had one more month of training and arrived in France via England in September 1916. Donald was wounded in action for the first time in February 1917. He suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks and calf and was sent to England for treatment and convalescence. He returned to France at the end of August 1917, but one month later, at the end of September, he was wounded for the second time with a gunshot wound to the chest wall. Once again he was went to England for treatment and convalescence and returned to France in March 1918. The third time he was in hospital for a week in August 1918 and rejoined his unit for only a month when he was killed in action at Le Verguier, France on September 18, 1918.

Donald is buried in the Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension in France. Alice received photos of the grave, the Memorial Plaque, the Memorial Scroll and his medals, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. He is commemorated on the Gilgandra War Memorial and the Australian War Memorial on Panel 69.