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Albert Ferguson was born in Salford, Lancashire, England between December  1890 – January  1891. At the age of four months old Albert lived with his parents, Samuel and Mary. A Ferguson (nee Brett) in her mother’s home at No. 2, Cleggs Buildings in Salford. Albert had one sister, Elizabeth, who was 4 years older than him. Also sharing the family home at that time was Alberts two great aunts and a lodger. Albert’s father worked as a Velvet finisher and his mother worked as a cotton winder.

In 1911 Albert aged 21 was living at 17 Blackburn Buildings, Liverpool Street, Salford and working as an Iron Dresser at P.R Jackson Foundry Works, Hampson Street, Salford.

Military Service

Albert Ferguson volunteered for military service as part of K3 in September 1914.

Aged 23yrs 9mths, Albert undertook his medical examination in Manchester on 2nd September 1914 and enlisted for a 3 year short service engagement in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment the next day. Albert was described as being 5 ft 3½ in, weighing 122 lbs with blue eyes, brown hair and of fresh complexion.

Albert was given the service number 15111 and posted to the newly raised 10th (Service) Battalion The Loyal Lancashire Regiment on 14th October 1914.

On the 31st July 1915 Albert sailed with 10th Battalion as part of 112th Brigade, 37th Division, to France and landed in Boulogne before proceeding to Tiques on the 1st August 1915.

On the 6th July 1916 the 10th Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment  (as part of 112th Brigade) became attached to 34th Division who were heavily engaged in the first phase of the Battle of the Somme,  The Battle of Albert (1st – 13th July 1916).

On the final day of the Battle of Albert, Private (Albert) Ferguson sustained a gunshot wound to his right hand which was to be the end of his service overseas. He was shipped back to the depot in Preston five days later having been in France for 352 days.

On the 20th October 1916 Albert was granted 10 days leave during which he married Mary Ann Grimshaw on the 28th. The newlyweds moved into her family home at No. 12 Muslin St. Salford. Albert and Mary Ann soon moved a few of houses away to No. 6 Muslin St. presumably to set up home together.

On the 12th January 1917 Albert attended a medical board in Harwich who recommended he was transferred to Class W Reserve, this happened on 17th of March that year. On the 20th April, Albert was discharged from the service and transferred from Class W to Class P Reserve.  Albert’s conduct was described as ‘Very Good’ during his time with the colours.

On the 4th June Albert took receipt of Silver War Badge number 183695 which is sadly no longer with the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal he was awarded.

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