Saturday, 7 February 2015

Fergus Black: Ottawa WW1 burial at Beechwood Cemetery

Lieutenant Fergus N(athan) Black is the third soldier of the CEF to be buried at Beechwood Cemetery. According to his CWGC file he died on February 7, 1915, age 35 and was the son of the John and Mary Dougal Black, of Barrie, Ont.; husband of Margaret Isabelle Black, of 17, Webber St., Riverside, California, U.S.A.
The Beechwood burial register lists his birthplace as Barrie, Ontario and burial on 10 February.
The civil death registration shows he had suffered from myocarditis for 5 months.
He had returned from Liverpool to Halifax, NS, on the Grampian the previous month accompanied by his wife and two children.

The gravemarker in section 17, plot 21, reads
"In loving memory of Lieut Fergus N Black Canadian Ordinance Corps attached to 9th Batt Can Exp Force died on active service Feb 7, 1915 Aged 35 years."

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