Ferguson, Robert William
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 5th Battalion Gordon Highlanders
Biography: Son of Alexander Ferguson, painter ; born Peterhead, 20 October 1887 ; educated at Peterhead Academy ; entered Aberdeen University 1905 ; graduated M.A. with honours in Mathematics, 1909 ; B.Sc., 1910. He was a keen student of nature, took a special course of Botany at Oxford University, and had gathered much valuable material concerning the Flora of Banffshire with a view to its publication. Ferguson proved himself a very successful teacher, doing good work at Aberlour, Nairn and Sharpe's Institute, Perth ; he took up the Boy Scout movement with great enthusiasm and was popular with both parents and pupils. In April 1915 he enlisted in his old College Company, the 4th Gordon Highlanders, was later commissioned in the 5th Battalion and thereafter was appointed Musketry Officer. Ferguson went through his training at Aberdeen, Peterhead and Ripon and crossed to France in 1916, took part in the early Somme Battles and was killed in action at Beaumont-Hamel, 13 November 1916.
Date of Death: 13 November 1916
Burial Details: Buried at Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery, No. 2, Auchonvillers, Row B, Grave 60.
Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.
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