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OFFICER'S PERSONAL OCCURRENCE - CAPTAIN J A FERGUSSON-CUNINGHAME, MC

13 September 2016

OFFICER'S PERSONAL OCCURRENCE

1. I regret to report the death of Captain John Fergusson-Cuninghame, MC. He died at home, peacefully following a stroke, on Monday 12th September 2016.

2. John Fergusson-Cunninghame was commissioned into the Regiment in September 1941 and served until January 1949. In early August 1944, whilst serving as a Liaison Officer in 5th Guards Armoured Brigade, he found the 2nd Armoured Battalion, Irish Guards isolated with its supply vehicles unable to reach its positions or leave them. Exposing himself frequently to enemy fire, he found an alternative route; later that day, he was leading a supply column, containing seriously wounded men, away from the position and was wounded but refused treatment until he was sure that all the wounded had reached safety. The Commanding Officer, 2nd Armoured Battalion, Irish Guards reported: "This officer showed total disregard for his own safety and a high sense of devotion to duty". He was awarded the MC. Later, he served in the 2nd Armoured Battalion, Grenadier Guards and as Personal Assistant to Commander 30 Corps.

3. If you would like to write to his Son, Andrew, the address is: 23 Buckingham Court, 48 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 3BP

4. His Funeral will take place at St Faith's Church, Overbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 7NT at 2.30pm on 27th September 2016, followed by refreshments in the Village Hall. All are welcome to attend.

 

G V A BAKER
Regimental Adjutant