Biography

Birth date: 05 December 1895
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Death date: 27 September 1975
Death place: Australia: New South Wales, Dunedoo
Final rank: Temporary Brigadier
Service number: 334 - First World War, 1914-1918
VX23 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 8th Bde
  • 10th Australian Field Artillery Brigade
  • 37th Australian Field Artillery Battery
  • 6th Australian Division Cavalry Regiment

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Gunner
  • Date of embarkation: 18 October 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: 37th Australian Field Artillery Battery
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 37th Australian Field Artillery Battery
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: 37th Australian Field Artillery Battery
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: 37th Australian Field Artillery Battery
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Military Cross

  • Unit: 10th Australian Field Artillery Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Bar to Military Cross

  • Unit: 10th Australian Field Artillery Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 6th Australian Division Cavalry Regiment
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 8th Bde
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 10th Australian Field Artillery Brigade
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 6th Australian Division Cavalry Regiment
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

075558

ALEXISHAFEN NORTH, NEW GUINEA. 1944-08-29. NX110380 BRIGADIER C.E. CAMERON, MC, ED, WHO IS RELINQUISHING HIS COMMAND OF HEADQUARTERS, 8TH INFANTRY BRIGADE, INTRODUCING HIS SUCCESSOR, VX23 BRIGADIER M.A. FERGUSSON, DSO, MC, ED, TO THE OFFICERS OF THE BRIGADE DURING A UNIT PARADE.

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Timeline

Date of birth 1895-12-05
Date of embarkation 1914-10-18
WW1 Service 3 1915-03-08 BDR
WW1 Service 4 1915-04-04 Joined MEF
Date and unit at enlinstment (ORs) 1915-08-24
WW1 Service 1 1915-08-24 Enlisted AIF
WW1 Service 5 1916-08-09 4 DIV Ammn Column
WW1 Service 6 1916-08-18 10 Fd Artillery Brigade
Date commissioned 1916-12-15
WW1 Service 7 1916-12-15 2lieutenant
WW1 Service 8 1917-01-21 4DivisionAmmn Column
WW1 Service 9 1917-02-21 10th Fd Artillery Brigade
WW1 Service 10 1917-05-14 lieutenant
WW1 Service 11 1917-06-07 wounded in action Shell/shrapnel wound
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-08-12
WW1 Service 12 1917-08-18 4DivisionAmmn Column
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-09-20
WW1 Service 13 1917-09-20 Staff lieutenant
WW1 Service 14 1917-10-13 4DivisionArtillery Headquarters
WW1 Service 15 1918-04-18 Mention in Despatches (26 Feb-20 Sep 17)
WW1 Service 16 1918-07-01 10 Fd Artillery Brigade
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-08
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-09-24
WW1 Service 17 1918-10-18 Military Cross
WW1 Service 18 1918-12-09 Returned to Australia
WW1 Service 19 1919-05-23 Bar to Military Cross
Interwar Service 2 1939-02 major 8Light Horseregiment in
Interwar Service 3 1939-06-10 lieutenant colonel commanding officer 8 Light Horse
Career summary 1 1939-10-13 - 1941-03-10 appointed lieutenant colonel commanding officer 2AIF Recce regiment (later 6DivisionCav)
Career summary 2 1939-10-19 EN 2AIF
Career summary 3 1940-02-13 arrived Middle East
Career summary 4 1941-03-10 wounded in action gun shot wound Chest
Career summary 5 1941-06-22 RTA- unfit (Melbourne)
Career summary 6 1941-07-19 Mention in Despatches
Career summary 7 1941-09-15 attachedHeadquarters 2 CavDivision
Career summary 8 1941-11-22 arrived Middle East
Career summary 9 1942-01-15 - 1942-03-07 appointed commanding officer 2/17th battalion
Appointment 1942-01-19 - 1942-03-07 Battalion: 2/17th; Rank on appointment: lieutenant COL; Appointed from: 6 AustralianDivisionCav regiment; Reason for end of appointment: promotion field command: 2 Australian Armoured Brigade
Career summary 11 1942-03-07 relinquished command 2/17th battalion RECtoA
Career summary 12 1942-04-06 temporary brigadier
Career summary 13 1942-04-14 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order
Career summary 14 1942-04-23 appointed command 2 armoured Brigade
Career summary 15 1942-05-23 Returned to Australia (SA)
Career summary 20 1942-09-01 colonel (retain rank of temporary BRIG) 12 Oct 44 (bd
Career summary 16 1944-01-21 appointed command 2nd Infantry Brigade
Career summary 17 1944-07-11 ED
Career summary 18 1944-08-18 appointed command 8th Infantry Brigade
Career summary 19 1944-08-27 arrived Nadzab
Career summary 21 1945-10-07 Returned to Australia (Brisbane)
Career summary 22 1945-10-10 relinquished command 8th Infantry Brigade
Career summary 23 1945-10-16 Reserve of Officers colonel (H/BRIG)
Career summary 24 1946-02-28 Mention in Despatches
Date of death 1975-09-27
Career summary 10 Middle East Tactical School (senior Offr) 16 Feb-21 Feb 42, send back to unit because TAB said he had enough experience, what was needed was time with his bn.
Career summary 25 Later promoted to Brig commanding 2 Australian armoured Brigade and 8 Australian Infantry Brigade
Career summary 26 -bh p. 80
Citations 2 'On the formation of 6 Aust. Div. Cav. Regt. on 13.10.39, Lt-Col. Fergusson was appointed its Commanding Officer and his ability came to notice very early by the manner in which he organized this unit of a new arm. In the Libyan campaign, he proved himself and able and inspiring leader and when he was seriously wounded at Giarabub it was feared that the A.I.F. would lose a very promising senior officer. Recent advices from Australia show, however, that Lt.-Col. Fergusson is returning to duty in the Middle East. Lt-Col. Fergussonhas shown himselff to be a leader of outstanding ability with a profound sense of duty and a determination to overcome all difficulties.'
Interwar Service 1 captain and major with militia arty
Served 1914-1918 Command: ; Service: Gallipoli, Western Front
WW1 Service 2 334 gunner 3 Bty 1 Brigade Australian Field Artillery
WW2 Service 1 New Guinea