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He served in the Boxer Rising in China, and was lieutenant in charge of one of Grant’s guns being trekked across South Africa to the relief of Ladysmith in the South African War.
Admiral Sir James Andrew Fergusson was born on 16 April 1871. He was the son of Rt. Hon. Sir James Fergusson of Kilkerran, 6th Bt. and Lady Edith Christian Ramsay.
Fergusson joined the Royal Navy in 1887. He served as a lieutenant on board the cruiser HMS Barrosa when in January 1900 he was landed in Cape Colony to take part in the Second Boer War, during which he was wounded, mentioned in despatches and promoted to commander on 21 October 1900, for services during the war. In 1902 he was posted to the battleship HMS Royal Sovereign, which in August commissioned as coast guard ship at Portsmouth.
He served in World War I commanding the battleships HMS Benbow and HMS Thunderer and seeing action at the Battle of Jutland in 1916. He went on to be Commander of Patrols at Malta and then Commander of the 2nd Light Cruiser Squadron in which capacity he was present at the surrender of the German Fleet.
After the War he became Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff and then Assistant-Chief of the Naval Staff. He became Commander of the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron in 1920 and went on to be Commander-in-Chief, America and West Indies Station in 1924
He held the office of Aide-de-Camp to HM King George V between 1916 and 1917. He held the office of Lord of the Admiralty between 1919 and 1920. Between 1919 and 1920 Deputy-Chief of Naval Staff. He gained the rank of Rear-Admiral between 1920 and 1922 in the 1st Light Cruiser Squadron. He was Commander-in-Chief of the North American and West Indies Station between 1924 and 1926. He gained the rank of Admiral in 1926.
He married Enid Githa Williams, daughter of Thomas C. Williams, on 6 November 1901.
He died on 13 April 1942 at age 70.
Updated from 'FAITH AND FARMING’, the legacy of Henry Williams and William Williams'. 720pp. Copyright Rex Evans, Evagean Publishing 1998. ISBN-1-877194-53-0
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