Fergusson, James Adam Hamilton


Fourth son of Sir James Ranken Fergusson, 2nd Baronet of Spitalhaugh, Peeblesshire, and Lady Alice Fergusson, sister of J M Simpson (B 1869), and brother of Charles Hamilton Fergusson who was murdered in Kenya in January 1953. He received his early training at Mr. W. E. Frost’s school at Ardvreck and came to Winchester in 1905.

He passed through Sandhurst and in 1912 received his commission in the Highland Light Infantry. He was promoted to Lieutenant in the summer of 1914. On the outbreak of war his Battalion mobilised at once, and for the last time in the Regiment’s history paraded the colours in full-dress during which the King’s Colour was carried by 2nd Lt. James Fergusson.

He fell at the Battle of the Aisne of September 14th 1914 while attending to a wounded man. As he got to his feet he was struck in the forehead by a bullet. A medical officer, Lieutenant John O’Connel, went to his aid but was also hit. A Captain Gaussen wrote to Fergusson’s parents: “He had just pointed out to me that the Germans were bringing up more ammunition when they hit him in the head. He was quite unconscious and I do not think he suffered at all. After I was hit I had to crawl past him and he looked quite happy and peaceful. The doctor tried to get to him in case there was anything that could be done, but he too was killed as soon as he got there.” Fergusson has no known grave and is commemorated on the La Ferte Sous Jouarre Memorial.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Fergusson
  • Forenames or initials: James Adam Hamilton
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1905-1909
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Highland Light Infantry
  • Date of Birth: 22nd March 1892
  • Date of Death: 14th September 1914
  • How Died: Killed while attending a wounded man
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on the LA FERTE-SOUS-JOUARRE MEMORIAL