Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthDecember 11, 1892
Place of BirthBarrie, Ontario
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinEtta Ferguson, mother, 140 Harvard Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Trade / CallingStudent
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental Number4763
Service RecordLink to Service Record
Battalion44th Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentWinnipeg, Manitoba
Address at Enlistment140 Harvard Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date of EnlistmentApril 12, 1916
Age at Enlistment23
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathDecember 24, 1951
Age at Death59
Buried AtSaint John's Anglican Church Cemetery, Cookstown, Ontario

Ferguson, Arthur Beresford

Arthur Beresford Ferguson was born on 11 December 1892 in Barrie, Ontario. His father Thomas Roberts Ferguson, a barrister, was from the Cookstown area about thirty kilometres south of Barrie while his mother Etta May Hanmer was from nearby Bell Ewart. The couple married on 5 November 1890 in Toronto. Son Julian Harcourt was born in 1895 in Barrie and from there the family relocated to Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora) in northwestern Ontario in time for the 1901 census. However they returned to Barrie for the birth of daughter Edith May in 1903. By the time of the 1906 western Canada census the family was living in Winnipeg, Manitoba. For the 1916 census Thomas was no longer with the family and Beresford, a postal clerk, and Julian, an insurance clerk, were listed as overseas.

With occupation given as student and his mother Etta in Winnipeg as next of kin, Beresford signed his attestation papers on 12 April 1916 in Winnipeg. With rank of Private he embarked for England on 20 May 1916 aboard the Empress of Britain, taken on strength with the Canadian Army Service Corps Training Depot on arrival and confirmed in rank of Acting Sergeant. For using government horses for his own use, he reverted to rank of Private that June. In August of 1917 Beresford was attached to the Canadian Divisional Artillery, arriving in France on the 21st. In November he was posted to the 5th Canadian Divisional Train and appointed Lance Sergeant and then Acting Sergeant in late January and early February of 1918. In June of 1918 Beresford was reported as wounded (gas) and later that month returned to England. In July he was first on command to the 18th Reserve Battalion and then to the 13th Reserve Battalion. Having being granted a commission in the Overseas Military Forces of Canada that November, he proceeded overseas to the 44th Battalion in late March of 1919, rank of Temporary Lieutenant. Beresford returned to England in late April and embarked for Canada on the Empress of Britain on 23 May. He was discharged from service on demobilization on 7 July 1919 in Saint John, New Brunswick, rank of Lieutenant.

Beresford’s brother Julian enlisted with the Canadian Army Service Corps at Valcartier in September 1914. He first served with the 1st Canadian Divisional Train before being commissioned as a Lieutenant and serving with the 44th Battalion overseas. In October of 1918 he was awarded the Military Cross.

During the war Beresford’s mother and sister had moved to Toronto. At the time of the 1921 census Beresford was living with them on MacPherson Avenue along with this brother Julian, occupation given as insurance agent. His father Thomas was living elsewhere in the city.

On 13 October 1923, in Toronto, Arthur married Margaret Winnifred Eastwood. Born on 27 September 1895 in Toronto, Winnifred was the daughter of John Paul Eastwood, a lawyer, and Elizabeth Timms. Her parents had married in 1890 in Toronto. Beresford and Winnifred were to make Toronto their home where Beresford founded the AB Ferguson and Company insurance brokers. It appears that the couple did not have any children.

Beresford died on 24 December 1951 in the Wellesley Hospital in Toronto. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife Winnifred, brother Julian and family in Collingwood, and sister Edith (George) Hackett in Vancouver. He was predeceased by his father Thomas in 1923 and mother Etta in 1939, both in Toronto. Julian later died in 1965 in Collingwood, Edith in 1985 in Vancouver and Winnifred on 22 October 1975 in Willowdale where she and Beresford had been living. Along with other family members, Beresford and Winnifred are interred in the Saint John’s Anglican Church Cemetery in Cookstown.

By Judy Stockham

Grave marker photograph by Wheezy,

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