Private Andrew Ferguson

Private Andrew Marius Ferguson, 9th ( Service ) Battalion, Black Watch. He was killed in action in France, aged 19, on 25th September 1915 on the first day of the Battle of Loos. He was the son of Mrs M.C. Ferguson of Douglas Square, Newcastleton and is buried in Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingherbe, Pas de Calais, France. He had been born in Denholm in 1896 Denholm. ( The C.W.G.C. site has his rank as Lance Corporal ). The Objectives  including the village of Loos were captured but the cost was very high. Out of the 940 Officers and Other Ranks who went into action only 98 unwounded Other Ranks returned to reserve at Philosophe. 10 Officers and 360 Other Ranks were killed and 11 Officers and 320 Other Ranks were wounded. Other men who had been intermingled with the other attacking Battalions re-joined the following day. All the Officers were either killed or wounded. The first picture shows an actual attack with the troops advancing through a ghostly cloud of gas and smoke. This day was the first time the British Army had used gas. The second shows the village of Loos after capture. The artist’s illustration shows a Battalion attack at Loos led by their pipers.

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