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 ForceHe 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