109336 Pte. Roderick Mackenzie Ferguson was born on December 5th, 1894, in Ashford, Kent, England, to Scottish parents, John and Elizabeth Ferguson.

On leaving school in Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1913, Roderick joined the Canadian Bank of Commerce in Kingston, Ontario and briefly served with the Governor General's Body Guard in Toronto.

Enlisting On December 27th, 1914, in Toronto, Roderick attested as Trooper No. 109336 into the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles.

Arriving in England in July 1915, Roderick served in France and Flanders with 4th CMR from October 24th, 1915, until January 1916.

On February 10th Roderick was commissioned as Second Lieutenant into the 4th Battalion Gordon Highlanders. On October 18th, 1916, he returned to France with the 4th Gordons but was sadly lost in action on the first day of the Battle of the Ancre on November 13th, 1916.

Second Lieutenant Roderick Mackenzie Ferguson lies at rest in Y Ravine Cemetery, Beaumont Hamel.

Biography and image courtesy of Peter Semple.