Pilot Officer WILLIAM KENNEDY FERGUSON (photo added)

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Rank Pilot Officer
Forenames WILLIAM KENNEDY
Surname FERGUSON (photo added)
Initials W K
Place of Birth PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO, CANADA
Date of Birth Sunday, 29 February 1920
Date of Death Friday, 15 January 1943
Age Unknown
Nationality Canadian
Residence or Entered Service From TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA
Service Number J/85171
Force Royal Canadian Air Force
Service/Corps/Regiment Royal Canadian Air Force
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 401 (Royal Canadian Air Force) Squadron
Military Honours and Awards
Place of Burial/Commemoration SAINT-MARTIN-DES-ENTREES (SAINT GERMAIN) COMMUNAL CEMETERY
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph NO EPITAPH
Family Details SON OF WILLIAM LAUDER FERGUSON AND MARY SOPHIA FERGUSON (nee HANNAH) OF PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO, CANADA

Additional Information

 

WILLIAM KENNEDY FERGUSON was the eldest of 6 children. His father, William Ferguson, worked for a carpet company in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, until. he purchased the Strathroy Woolen Mills. The family then moved, the following year, to Front Street East in Strathroy. WILLIAM attended Peterborough Collegiate Institute after grade school. He was played basketball and baseball and was involved with the local Young Mens Christian Association (YMCA).

 

After working in the insurance business WILLIAM joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940. He served as a Pilot Officer in 401 (Royal Canadian Air Force) Squadron. During a mission over Bayeux on Friday 15th January 1943, his Spitfire EN-183 was shot down and he was killed.

 

He is the only Commonwealth burial in SAINT-MARTIN-DES-ENTREES (SAINT GERMAIN) COMMUNAL CEMETERY On the day he was buried there were many local villagers attending the funeral service. The Germans checked everyone's identity papers and went on to make many arrests. 10 of those arrested were sent to concentration camps. 5 did not return after the war.

 

On 6th June 1994, on the 50th anniversary of the Normandy landings, the village people renamed the main street in Saint-Martin-des-Entrees Rue W.K. Ferguson. Some of Pilot Officer WILLIAM KENNEDY FERGUSON's family were able to attend the ceremony.1
 

 

Headstone and tribute for Pilot Officer William Kennedy Ferguson.2

 

 

Memorial plaque renaming and dedicating a street name
in honour of Pilot Officer WILLIAM KENNEDY FERGUSON.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

References
1. Veterans Affairs Canada, Canadian Virtual War Memorial and Strathroy Cenotaph Roll of Honour.
2. Photograph kindly provided by historian François Oxéant.
3. Photograph from Veterans Affairs Canada, Canadian Virtual War Memorial.
4. Copy of original document from the Veterans Affairs Canada, Canadian Virtual War Memorial Book of Remembrance p.158.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph:  
Individual photograph: Veterans Affairs Canada, Canadian Virtual War Memorial.
Additional photographs provided by: Veterans Affairs Canada, Canadian Virtual War Memorial.
Additional information provided by: Veterans Affairs Canada, Canadian Virtual War Memorial, Find a Grave sponsored by François Oxéant, Strathroy Cenotaph Roll of Honour, Strathroy-Caradoc Museum, Pilot Officer William K. Ferguson facebook page.

 

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France

Francois Oxeant

In memory of P/O William K. Ferguson and Maurice Lithare, Charles Malas, Jules Jehanne and Charles Riviere, who died in the Nazi concentration camps for having attended the burial of the pilot.

On Thursday, July 10, 2014