4th Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth:
01/10/1918 (Killed in Action)
James Ferson was a son of William Ferson of Drumnacross, Cookstown and was born on 4th September 1889. He emigrated to Canada as a teenager and found work as a tramway conductor in Toronto. He enlisted in Toronto on 10th April 1916 and was described as being five feet four and three quarter inches tall, with blue eyes, brown hair and a fresh complexion. He was not married. James was attached to the Canadian Machine-Gun Corps. At Easter 1918 he was home on leave in Cookstown recovering from being gassed in an attack by the enemy. He was killed in action on 1st October 1918 by a machine gun bullet through the heart as he was getting his own machine gun into action.