FERGUSON, John MacKintosh McLaren

Warrant Officer Class 2
The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Honours & Awards: 
Troop Sergeant Major Ferguson was awarded the Military Medal [1] in recognition of gallant and distinguished service during the battle for Hill 170, Kangaw, 31 January 1945 in which he was seriously wounded [2].
Arakan 1945
This Warrant officer was in the action fought on Hill 170 on the afternoon of 31 Jan'45.
Our own troops were being hard pressed by repeated strong enemy counter-attacks. The No 2 of a bren gun was knocked out by a grenade. TSM Ferguson immediately took over, the enemy was still pressing his attack and in order to prevent a break through TSM Ferguson leapt from his trench and flung grenades returning for more and again throwing them causing the enemy many casualties. He was then seriously wounded but still made attempts to fight on until forcibly evacuated. Throughout the whole action he was cool, calm and resolute and by his fearless example he inspired the men around him [2].
  • The death of "TSM John M.M. Ferguson MM (5 Cdo) of  Falmouth, Cornwall" was announced in Commando Association newsletter 102 issued March 1996.
[1] London Gazette 37040, page 2080.
[2] National Archives file WO373/36/72.
Burma Star Association Membership
London Gazette entry shows James Mclntosh McLaren FERGUSON. Our entry is spelt as how he wrote his own full name on his application to join the Burma Star Association and how the Commando Association wrote his first name when he died (see above).

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