Sidney/Sydney Hugh Joseph Ferguson


1890 Mar 3. Born Castries, St Lucia from RIC roll. He was son of Duncan A J Ferguson and grandson of Peter J K Ferguson

If we are talking about the same Sydney Ferguson, I understand that he was born at Mount Pleasant, Castries, St Lucia. Mount Pleasant was the family house and is now the location of the St Lucia Folk Research Centre ( They may be able to help find details of Sydney Ferguson’s birth in the local register. The Ferguson family had been on St Lucia there for a few generations. My grandmother told me that her father and all his male siblings were sent from the West Indies to Stonyhurst College boarding school ( in Lancashire for their education. You may be able to find out more about Sydney Ferguson there. I will try and do some digging for you on Sydney Ferguson to find out more about him. My mother has a book with her mother’s family tree written down. I will ask her what is written in it about Sydney Ferguson – for example his full name. I will also ask her about the photo I referred to. It may be possible to identify his unit/regiment from the uniform he is wearing.

Heritage lost. In March 2018 St Lucia lost this building to a fire. It was built in the mid 1800s and was one of the few preserved 19th century buildings left on island. Scottish immigrant Peter Joseph Kinnier Ferguson built the house at Mount Pleasant, overlooking Castries, to escape the malaria infected city. The house was eventually sold to Harold Devaux who, in 1948 added a top floor to what had been a bungalow. PJK Ferguson was Attorney General of the island

1914 Oct 28. The undermentioned to be temporary Second Lieutenants. — Sydney Hugh Joseph Ferguson

1915 Feb 25. The undermentioned temporary Second Lieutenants are transferred to the General List: — Sydney H. J. Ferguson, 5th Reserve Regiment of Cavalry.

1916 May 26. The undermentioned to be temp. Lts. whilst empld. with A.O.D. — Temp. 2nd Lt. S. H. J. Ferguson, Gen. List.

1918 Apr 4. The undermentioned to be actg. Capts. whilst empld. with A. Ord. Dept. : — Temp. Lt. S. H. J. Ferguson, Gen. List

1918 Jul 10. Temp. Lt. S. H. J. Ferguson, Gen. List, relinquishes the actg. rank of Capt. on ceasing to be spec, empld. with A. Ord. Dept.

1919 Jan 7. Temp. Lt. S. H. J. Ferguson, Gen. List, relinquishes his commn. on completion of service, and retains the rank of Lt.

1919 Sep 10 Leaves UK for Accra. He is a Bank Clerk intending to live there

1921 Nov 22. Joined ADRIC with service no 2188. Posted to Depot Coy

1922 Jan. Discharged on demobilisation of ADRIC

1922 Mar 3. Joined British Gendarmerie section of Palestine Police as Station Sergeant



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