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Service number 4783

On the 19thJuly 1916 Henry was wounded by shrapnel. The following week his right eye was removed and an artificial glass eye was fitted. Returned to Australia on the 30thJanuary 1919. Discharged on the 23rdMarch 1919.

Ringwood and Croydon Chronicle (7thJanuary 1916)

“Woori Yallock.

Taking advantage of the Christmas holidays to secure their leave together, a send off was given to two volunteers Privates E Cooper and H Ferguson. The function was held at Glynn’s Hotel and a pleasant evening was spent. Various toasts were honoured and a presentation made to each volunteer.”

Healesville & Yarra Glen Guardian (15thFebruary 1919)

“Woori Yallock.

Three successive welcomes were accorded Ptes H Ferguson, J Douthie and M Staff, on their return from the war last week. An enthusiastic gathering assembled at the station on each occasion, and the returned men were warmly welcomed. Some regret that the dance at which they were to be given a public welcome on the 28thInst, will have to be postponed owing to the influenza epidemic, which fortunately, has so far given this part a wide berth.”

Henry married Margaret Maud Keenan. They lived on Telegraph Road, Beaconsfield. Died November 1967 at Beaconsfield, Victoria. Cremated on the 27thNovember 1967 at Springvale Botanical Cemetery.

Name FERGUSON, Henry
Service Number 4783
Rank Private
Roll 6 Infantry Battalion 13-18 Reinforcements (December 1915-July 1916)
Conflict First World War 1914-1918
Embarked 7thMarch 1916
City Melbourne
Ship HMAT Wiltshire A18
Age 25 years
Birth Place About 1890, Woori Yallock, Victoria
Father John Ferguson, Woori Yallock, Victoria
Mother Mary Ellen (Paul) Ferguson
Religion Presbyterian
Occupation Farmer
Residence Woori Yallock, Victoria
Enlisted 9thOctober 1915
Height 5 feet, 6 inches
Complexion Fresh; Eyes- Blue; Hair- Brown