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Born: 19 September 1887, Bingley
Died: 29 November 1918, India
Address: 7 Park Grove, Shipley
Parents: John William & Mary Ellen, nee Smith
Spouse: Florence Christina, nee Smith
Rank: Cpl Air Mechanic
Rolls of Honour: St Peter’s, Shipley - Karachi War Memorial
Regiment: Royal Flying Corps
Gordon Archer Ferguson
Gordon Archer Ferguson was born at Bingley on 19th September 1887, son of John William Ferguson, a commercial traveller, and his wife, Mary Ellen (nee Smith) and baptised on 6th May 1888. Gordon’s father subsequently became a cab proprietor and later a manager of livery stables, carriage company and motor cars. In 1911 Gordon was a motor car driver, employed by his father, living at 11 Moorhead Avenue, Shipley.
On 26th September 1912, Gordon married Florence Christina Smith at Saltaire. Gordon enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps on 26th July 1916 and was stationed in India from 24th September 1916. Royal Air Force He was appointed Air Mechanic Class 1 on 1st March 1918 and transferred to the Royal Air Force when it was formed on 1st April 1918. On 1st November 1918 Gordon
was appointed acting, unpaid Corporal Mechanic. Gordon died of appendicitis, in India, on 29th November 1918 and is commemorated on the Karachi 1914-1918 War Memorial. He was awarded the Victory medal and the British War medal. At the time of Gordon’s death, his parents were living at Stairfoot, Cottingley, while Gordon’s home address was 7 Park Grove, Shipley. Researched and written by Clive Harrison to whom many thanks
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The following report appeared in the Shipley Times & Express on 3 January 1919: A cablegram confirms the death on 29th November in India of Cpl Gordon Archer Ferguson, a first air mechanic in the R.A.F. and second son of Mr and Mrs J W Ferguson of Cottingley, for many years resident at Bingley Road, Shipley. The deceased who was 31 years of age leaves a wife and child who loved at 7 Park Grove,
Shipley, and the latter was born during the time he was on his way to India, where he contracted enteric fever a year ago. His death, which was due to appendicitis, is a great blow to his father, who is well known as having been the principal of a carriage and motor company at Saltaire. The deceased was making considerable progress in connection with the business when he joined the R.A.F. in 1916 and at his station in India he
had full charge of the testing of aeroplane engines. He went out to India in the September of 1916 and was on duty there up to the time of his death which will be regretted by a large circle of people in this district where he was very popular. His younger brother, Sgt William A Ferguson, is in France wit the R.N.A.S. which he joined three years ago.