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237471   Private James Ferson
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 22/12/2019
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 4th Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps (Canadian Army)
Date Of Birth: 04/09/1889
Died: 01/10/1918 (Killed in Action)
Age: 28
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.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Canada Cemetery
  Tilloy-les-Cambrai, Nord, 4
Grave Ref: Grave 2-A-7
CWGC Casualty 529366
Tilloy-lez-Cambrai is a village on the north-western outskirts of the town of Cambrai and a little east of the road to Douai. The cemetery is located north of the town beyond the E19 motorway.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Kildress Church Of Ireland Roll Of Honour WWI Kildress
2 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 1927 Cookstown
3 Cookstown Cenotaph WWI - East Panel 2018 Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 281
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Ferson family 1901 census lists James as age 11 at house 2 in Drumnacross Lower, Oaklands, Tyrone
2 1911 Census lists Ferson family 1911 census lists James as age 21 at house 7 in Drumnacross Lower, Oaklands, Tyrone
3 Canadian Great War Project Details of Private James Ferson
4 Canadian Virtual War Memorial Details of Private James Ferson including grave photo
5 Circumstances of Death Registers Details of Private James Ferson's death
6 James Ferson Attestation Papers Canadian Military documents (44 no.)
7 Toronto Eaton Centre Plaque James Ferson is remembered on this WWI Memorial Plaque.
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023