Ferguson, Thomas Gardiner

Ferguson, Thomas Gardiner

Civilian War Dead

Died as a result of enemy action on Tuesday 8 April 1941 (aged 54)

Buried:

Belfast City Cemetery (Grave K2. 145)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

In some records his second forename is spelt Gardener.

Thomas Gardiner Ferguson was born on 23 October 1886 in Garfield Place, Ballymena, Co. Antrim and he was the younger son of William James and Sarah Kellan Ferguson (nee Mann) who were married on 12 April 1884 in Wellington Street Presbyterian Church, Ballymena.  William James Ferguson, a labourer from Ballymena, was a son of James Ferguson, a labourer.  Sarah Kellan Mann (aged 20) from Ballymena was a daughter of Gardiner Mann, a labourer.

William James and Sarah Ferguson (nee Mann) had two children:

James (born 1 April 1885 in Garfield Place, Ballymena)

Thomas Gardiner (born 23 October 1886 in Garfield Place, Ballymena)

Sarah Ferguson died of enteric fever at 16 Glentilt Street, Belfast on 3 August 1891 (aged 27) and William James, then working as a joiner, married Elizabeth (Lizzie) Jackson on 26 August 1896 in Agnes Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast.  Lizzie Jackson from Antrim was a daughter of James Jackson, a labourer.

The Ferguson family also lived in Cloughfern, Whitehouse and at 38 Percy Street, Belfast; William James Ferguson worked as a joiner in Harland and Wolff Shipyard.

Thomas Gardiner Ferguson also worked as a joiner in the shipyard and, at the time of his death, he was living at 7 Primrose Avenue in Bangor.  He was 54 and married when he died as a result of enemy action on 8 April 1941 at the Harland and Wolff Shipyard, Queen’s Island in Belfast.  An inquest was held on 14 April 1941 and the cause of death recorded on his death certificate was ‘in consequence of war operations; bomb splinters’.

Thomas Gardiner Ferguson was buried in Belfast City Cemetery on 15 April 1941.  Also buried in the same grave were his mother Sarah Ferguson who died on 3 August 1891 (aged 27); Edith Louisa Mann who died on 12 December 1893 (aged five weeks) and Francis Ferguson who died on 24 February 1900 (aged 52).

Of the many civilians of the Commonwealth whose deaths were due to enemy action in the Second World War, the names of some 67,092 are commemorated in the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour, located near St. George’s Chapel in Westminster Abbey, London.