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Kate Eleanor Ferguson

Birthplace Longtown Place of Death Victoria Australia Date of Birth: August 4, 1892


Full name of worker at H.M. Factory Gretna (and any other names they are known by) : Kate Eleanor Ferguson
Gender: Female
Date and place of birth:  4th August 1892, Longtown
Date and Place of Death: 1947, Victoria, Australia
Nationality: British ( mother Scottish)
Childhood: Eldest of 5
Parents: William and Sarah nee Dixon
Parents occupations: Station master
Schools / universities attended and years of attendance: Burgh By Sands Primary from 1905
Occupation: Nurse – VAD Red Cross
Place of residence at Gretna: S. West 6. Township, Gretna
Marital status: Married at Gretna 1919
Children: At least 2 sons
Travels: Emigrated with Australian husband to Victoria, Australia
Awards/recognitions: 2 scarlet stripes
Positions held: N/K
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Kate Eleanor Ferguson 1892-1947

Kate Eleanor Ferguson was born at Sandysykes, Longtown near Carlisle on 4th August 1892 to William and Sarah nee Dixon. She was the eldest of 5 children

1901- living at 5 Parcelstown Cottage, SandySykes, Arthuret, Longown. Father a railway signalman.

1905- started Burgh by Sands primary school.

1911-father a station master. Living at Burgh-by-Sands. Mother is Scottish. Kate is living and working at Scaleby Hall, Carlisle aged 18 as a ‘betweenmaid’, domestic.

Red Cross service as VAD from 7th August 1916 to 7th January 1919.

6th August 1918 – awarded two scarlet stripes. These were awarded to VADs under contract to the War Office to denote that they had been certificated as efficient by their matron or commanding officer. She also nursed at Western General, Liverpool  ( Red Cross records)

Working as a nurse and living at S. West 6. Township, Gretna

22nd January 1919 married Herman Willersdorf at St Andrew’s Church Gretna. He was a  drapers assisitant and  PTe 58 Australian Infantry . The address given was Hurdoff  Camp Wilts.

His service record indicates that he had been gassed – severely – returned to France and then received a gunshot wound. He was hospitalised in England including Liverpool. He was discharged on 7th January 1919.

On 9th August 1919 they returned to Australia on HT “Ceramic” – “ wounded mustard gas severe – with wife”

Kate died in Victoria, Australia in 1947 aged 55. She had at least 2 sons.

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