FERGUSON, John Ronald Alexander

Rank: 
Lance Corporal
Regiment/Corps: 
London Scottish
Service: 
Army
Service numbers: 
2880192
Honours & Awards: 
Lance Corporal John Ferguson was awarded the Military Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field [1].
He was one of the Commando contingent that took part in operations from HMS Triumph against the Palermo and Messina railway on the 29/30 August 1941. His party could not be re-embarked and were subsequently captured. He was eventually imprisoned at Campo 102 L'Aquilla from which he escaped on the 12th September 1943 [2][3].
 
Recommendation
"Lance Corporal Ferguson of the Special Service Military Detachment assigned to submarines at Malta, has taken part in the following landing operations against enemy railways:
a) A landing from UPRIGHT on the 28th May which resulted in the probable destruction of an enemy train, the explosion being heard but results unobserved;
b) Two landings from UNIQUE on the 29th and 30th July on the east Sicilian and south Italian CoastsP: one train was observed to be blown up, the result of the second landing could not be studied;
c) A landing from TRIUMPH on the 30th August on the north Sicilian Coast which resulted in the demolition of 120 feet of double track bridge over the River Torrente Furioso; the landing party are missing from this operation.
Lance Corporal Ferguson has shown himself to be an able, zealous, and fearless soldier, who has assisted in dangerous work with important results" [3].
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 34686, page 1927
[2] National Archives WO208/5396 Escape & Evaders Report No. IT/AF/584
[3] National Archives WO 373/94 
 
Notes
Name shown as on LG supplement. Citation records middle name as Richard. 
The source at [2] above shows unit as 1 S.S. Battalion.
 

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