Diamond War Memorial Project

Sergeant Andrew Charles Gluver Ferguson

1st Battalion Irish Guards. Regimental Number 327
Born: ---- Died: 1914-11-01 Aged: 31 Enlisted: Enlisted Londonderry.

Name inscribed on St Columb's Cathedral (Church of Ireland) Memorial to the men connected with that cathedral who died during the 1914-18 War, and recorded on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Name also commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Son of John and Eliza/Elizabeth (possibly born County Leitrim around 1860/61, died on December 4, 1923, and interred in Londonderry City Cemetery) Ferguson, 12, George's Street, Londonderry. Possibly brother of William H. E. Ferguson, who died, after a long illness, at the City and County Infirmary, on April 8, 1908, and was buried in Londonderry City Cemetery.

Accompanying the letter, notifying Mrs Ferguson of the death of her son, was the following communication: 'The King commands me to assure you of the true sympathy of his Majesty and the Queen in the loss of your son ? (Signed,) Kitchener.'

A sergeant, who had returned home to Londonderry from the Front around February 1915, told the story of the death of Sergeant Andrew Ferguson. 'The Guards,' he said, 'were in the trenches, and were being hard pressed by a superior force of the enemy, when they ran short of ammunition. Things looked bad, and the German sharpshooters were so busy that to put one's head above the trenches was risking almost certain death. The situation was becoming desperate, when Sergeant Ferguson decided to make a dash out of the trenches to bring up the much-needed ammunition. No sooner, however, had he left cover to make his dangerous run to the rear than a German bullet pierced his head and killed him.' Thus he gave his life in a valiant attempt to serve his comrades.

Sergeant Ferguson was on the reserves when the Great War broke out, and although not amongst those selected to go out in the first Expeditionary Force he volunteered to accompany them, and was thus included in the first contingent of the Guards sent to France. Sergeant Ferguson was a very popular instructor of the Ulster Volunteers in the Maiden City prior to the Great War, and he was also gymnastic instructor in the Y.M.C.A. At the time of the Boer War he volunteered for the frontline, but was not in the mounted detachment of the Irish Guards selected for service in South Africa.

Sergeant Ferguson's father, John (who was born in County Donegal circa 1850/51), was for a period of twenty-eight years a member of Londonderry Harbour Police, and for more than half that period he was sergeant-in-charge. Prior to his connection with the local harbour force John Ferguson had a rather eventful career. In early life he joined the Royal Irish Constabulary, and saw considerable service, principally in Leitrim and Cork. He was stationed in the latter county during the period of the Fenian rising, and took part in many exciting incidents. Some time after retiring from the R.I.C. force he was appointed on the house staff of the Earl of Leitrim, who was murdered in Cratlagh Wood. John Ferguson came to reside in Londonderry subsequently, and his next employment was as guard on the Great Northern Railway, a position that he worthily filled up to the time he was appointed to the harbour police. He died at the City and County Infirmary, Londonderry, on March 25, 1908, after a brief but painful illness, and was interred in Londonderry City Cemetery.

The name of Andrew Ferguson was read out during a memorial service held in St Columb's (Church of Ireland) Cathedral, Londonderry, on Sunday, August 1, 1915, to commemorate the officers and men of the city of Derry, who had died during the first year of the Great War.