Ferguson, Hugh

Ferguson, Hugh

Ex-Petty Officer

Royal Navy

Died of disease on Saturday 23 June 1923 (aged 45)


Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor, Co. Down (Grave 4. R)


Newtownards and District War Memorial


The name Hugh Ferguson is listed on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in the booklet produced for the Unveiling and Dedication Ceremony held on Saturday 26 May 1934 he is described as a Petty Officer in the Royal Navy.  The organising committee of the day decided to include the names of ex-servicemen who died up to that date from what they considered to be war related causes, whether as a result of wounds or disease.

After he died on 23 June 1923, it was reported in the Press that Hugh Ferguson (the casualty) was the third son of the late Hugh Ferguson who lived at 10 South Street, Newtownards.  Hugh Ferguson (the casualty) and his wife Mary lived at 32 Springfield Road, Bangor.

Hugh Ferguson and Mary McNamara (nee Nealon from Limerick) were married in 1903 in Devonport.  Mary McNamara (nee Nealon) was a widow; her first husband, Matthew McNamara, a general labourer, was 22 when he died in Devonport in 1901.  Mary Nealon was born on 5 November 1879 and she was a daughter of Michael and Mary Nealon (nee Ryan).  Mary Nealon and Matthew McNamara were married on 21 January 1899 in St Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, Limerick.

Hugh and Mary Ferguson (formerly McNamara, nee Nealon) had at least five children:

Agnes Veronica (born 1904 in Devonport)

Edward (born 1906 in Devonport; died 12 October 1988)

Kathleen Elizabeth (born 21 October 1907 in Devonport)

Eleanor (born 19 May 1909 in Devonport)

Mary (born 16 September 1913 in Greencastle, Co Donegal; died 29 September 2005)

In 1911 the Ferguson family was living in the townland of Drumweir, Moville, Co Donegal.  Hugh was described as a Coast Guard Boatman.

Hugh Ferguson was born on 5 August 1877 in The Square, Newtownards and he was a son of Hugh and Elizabeth (Eliza) Jane Ferguson (nee Jamison) who were married on 29 January 1872 in First Newtownards Presbyterian Church.  Hugh Ferguson from Newtownards was a son of Hugh Ferguson, a farmer.  Eliza Jane Jamison from Newtownards was a daughter of William Jamison, a carpenter.

The Ferguson family lived in Court Street, Newtownards; The Square, Newtownards and at 10 South Street, Newtownards.

Hugh Ferguson Senior was a baker and he and Elizabeth had at least eleven children:

William Robert (born 1 August 1872 in Court Street, Newtownards)

John (born 10 December 1873 in Court Street, Newtownards)

Agnes (born 28 December 1875 in The Square, Newtownards)

Hugh (born 5 August 1877 in The Square, Newtownards)

James (born 27 December 1878 in The Square, Newtownards)

Samuel (born 26 December 1880 in South Street, Newtownards)

Thomas (born 1 August 1883 in South Street, Newtownards)

Mary Elizabeth (born 4 May 1885 in South Street, Newtownards)

Eleanor (born 15 August 1887 in South Street, Newtownards)

David (born 27 November 1888 in South Street, Newtownards)

Francis Edward (born 21 August 1891 in South Street, Newtownards)

Before he joined the Navy on 5 August 1895 (when he was 18), Hugh Ferguson worked as a cabinet maker.  He signed on initially for 12 years and it was noted in his papers that he was 5 feet 6 inches tall with a dark complexion, blue eyes and dark brown hair.  He served on several different ships until he left the Navy at the end of July 1918.

Ex-Petty Officer Hugh Ferguson was 45 when he died of cardiac failure on 23 June 1923 in the Ulster Volunteer Hospital, Botanic Avenue, Belfast and he was buried in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor.  He is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial.

Hugh’s widow, Mary Ferguson (formerly McNamara, nee Nealon), died on 9 January 1959 and was buried in Bangor Cemetery.