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In Memory of

GERALD GARFIELD FERGUSON

Lt. Gearld Garfield Ferguson

Lieutenant
Cape Breton Highlanders, R.C.I.C
who died on
Monday, 13th March 1944. Age 29.

 

News confirming the official notice of the death in Italy of Gerald Garfield Ferguson (better known be his intimate friends as "Reg") was received bye his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry D. Ferguson, 37 Park Street, City. It came In the form of a letter from their son's commanding officer, Lt. Colonel J. B. Weir.

"Gerald," wrote Colonel Weir, "was out on a patrol on the night 12-13 March with three men to reconnoitre enemy machine-gun positions across the Aveille River. After crossing the river and advancing some distance, he stepped on a mine, himself and another man being very seriously wounded. At the same time two German machine guns opened up. In spite of the fire, the two remaining men carried Gerald and the wounded man back to the river while one went for further assistance. He died approximately one half-hour after he was wounded, his last thoughts being of the safety of his men. You most certainly have every right to be proud of such a son He was every inch a soldier and died the way a soldier should."

Gerald Garfield Ferguson was military minded from his youth. As a lad attending West Kent School he took a prominent part in cadet training and, while going to Prince of Wales College, maintained the same keen interest in military affairs. He was a thoroughly trained soldier having taken military courses in Halifax, Ottawa, and Windsor, Onttario February 20, 1938 he was commissioned Second Lieutenant and a few months later was promoted First Lieutenant.

Immediately after the declaration of war on September 10, 1938. he, was assigned to the P. E. I. Highlanders. He went overseas in June, 1943, and landed In Italy in November of the same year. He was 28 when killed.

 

 

Additional Information:
Son of Harry and Agnes Ferguson, of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.


Commemorative Information

Cemetery:

MORO RIVER CANADIAN WAR CEMETERY, Italy

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:
XI. D. 16.
   
Location:
The Moro River Canadian War Cemetery lies in the locality of San Donato in the Commune of Ortona, Province of Chieti, and is sited on high ground near the sea just east of the main Adriatic coast road (SS16). The cemetery can be reached from Rome on the autostrada A25 (Rome-Pescara) by branching on the autostrada A14 and leaving it at Ortona. The approach road to the cemetery from the main road passes under an arch forming part of the little church of San Donato.

Historical Information:

The site of the cemetery was chosen by the Canadian Corps in January 1944. The Canadians had crossed the Moro River against stiff opposition on 6th December, 1943, and had taken Ortona on the 28th, after a week of bitter street fighting. The Moro River Cemetery contains the graves of those who died during that fighting, and during the weeks that preceded and followed it. In December 1943 alone, the 1st Canadian Division suffered over 500 fatal battle casualties. During January they made further limited and unfruitful offensive efforts, and they remained in the line in this sector until March, their activities being limited to patrolling. Burials other than those of members of the Canadian forces are almost all in plots 12, 13 and 16. There are now over 1,600, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 50 are unidentified.

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