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Archibald Ferguson  McLellan

Name on Board McL A Ferguson
Name on Service
Archibald Ferguson   McLellan
Enlistment Age 28
Occupation Labourer
Place of Birth Williamstown, Vic
Next of Kin May Ferguson-McLellan
Address 253 Nelson Place, Williamstown, Vic
Marital Status S
Enlistment Date 19/07/1915
Service No. 3851
Enlistment Place Melbourne, Vic
Embarkation Place Melbourne
Embarkation Date 23/11/1915
Embarkation Ship HMAT Ceramic A40
Unit on Embarkation 14th Australian Infantry Battalion
Date of Death 16/02/1917
Unit on Death 46th Australian Infantry Battalion
Rank on Death Private
Cause of Death Died of wounds
Place of Wounding/
No.1/1 South Midland Casualty Clearing Station, France
Cemetery or Memorial Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Dernancourt, Picardie, France
Additional Information Archibald's hyphenated name caused confusion: He signed his name as Archibald Ferguson-McLellan, however the military used McLellan as his surname.  His surname on the Williamstown Honour Board is Ferguson. Archibald embarked with the 12th Reinforcements of the 14th Battalion in November 1915.  On arriving in Egypt he was transferred to the 12th Brigade Machine Gun Company.  However his vision was found to be defective and he was transferred to the 46th Battalion and sailed with them for the Western Front in June 1916.  Their first major battle was at Pozieres. In August 1916, Archibald had time away from the battlefields to be treated for Furnuculosis of his neck (masses of infected boils).  He returned to his unit in September 1916.  On 16 February 1917 he was wounded, causing a compound fracture of his left thigh.  He died from wounds at the No.1/1 South Midland Casualty Clearing Station.
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