CFHS code : PL415

Parish : St Paul

Inscription : In Loving Memory of ALFRED (TONEY) FERGUSON d Jan 7th 1918 aged 21 remainder illegible

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202316, 0.136924 – click here for location

Ferguson headstone 2019


This headstone with kerb stones, in the parish area of St Paul, is located eleven rows west of the central path.


‘In loving memory of Alfred (Toney) Ferguson
died Jan 7th 1918 aged 21’
[remainder indecipherable]

Alfred (Toney) Ferguson (1896-1918)

Alfred Augustine Ferguson, son of Frederick Ferguson and Alice Ferguson (neé Talbot) of 6 Derby Road, off Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, was born Oct/Dec 1896 and baptised on 18 March 1898 at St Paul’s Church, Cambridge. His father (c.1858‒1937), a signalman with the Great Eastern Railway, was born in Hilgay, Norfolk and his mother (1858‒1922) in Linton, near Cambridge. In 1891 father and mother were living at Gate House, Mill Road, Trumpington, moving later to Derby Road, where they remained until Alfred’s death.

The couple had three daughters and two sons: Kate (b. c.1882), Herbert Louis (b. 1886), a porter with the GER, who married Florence Ellen Grange on 24 March 1913, Alfred and Mildred and Lillian (b. 1886 ‒ presumably twins, baptised together on 29 November of that year).

In 1911 Alfred was an ‛office lad’ at the Cambridge Daily News, and during the war became a signaller in the Cambridgeshire Regiment. He appears to have been discharged from his regiment by the time of his death at the age of 21 in January 1918. His burial took place ‛with military honours’ and with several ‛ex-soldiers’ present, in which case the discharge must have been honourable. Among the mourners was his fiancée, a Miss Smith. (See download for a report of his funeral.)
Alfred Ferguson funeral report

Sources :
census report 1911
births, baptism, death and burial records

There is no entry for him in the War Graves Photographic Project or on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site.

By Joanna Costin and Ian Bent

Alfred Augustine (Toney) Ferguson