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Ferguson, Gerald Edward (Engels)

  • Born 24-02-1917 in Flatlands, Campbellton.
  • Deceased 17-04-1945 in Ootmarsum – 28 years.
  • Parents William Edward and Sarah Baxter Ferguson nee Fraser from Flatlands, Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada.
  • Married in 1940 with Clara Amanda Ferguson nee Stewart.

Canadian Corporal in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders from Canada (Princess Louise’s) – Service nr. C/54344

He grew up in Flatlands, Campbellton in a family of ten children, his father was a lumberjack. Gerald was a fireman, in 1940 he married Clara Amanda Stewart, their daughter Sheila Jeannie was born in 1941. Sheila died in 1984 and her mother Clara in 2003. She never remarried.

In Februar 1942 Gerald joined the Princess Louise’s brigade of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada. Gerald was sent to England in July 1942. Here he got seriously injured at April 1944 by a motorcycle accident.

On April 14, 1945 during the Battle of Friesoythe, a town near the German Cloppenburg, their tactical quarter was attacked, killing several people. Gerald was hit by a bullet. He was seriously injured and unconscious admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital in Ootmarsum, where he died of his injuries a few days later.

Temporary grave at the Kuiperberg Ootmarsum until April 1946.

Buried: Canadian War Cemetery in Holten, box X, row G no. 11.

Awarded with the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Clasp, the Defence Medal, the War Medal, thee 1939-1945 Star and the France-Germany Star.

Text on grave: ‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.’