Monday, March 1, 2010

Private V. Ferrier - 475433

According to his attestation papers dated October 6, 1915 at Toronto, Victor Archibald Ferrier was born on August 19, 1893 in Toronto.  He listed his father Chester Ferrier, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a clerk and had no previous military experience.  He was 22 years and 1 month of age and stood 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall.  He had grey eyes and fair hair and complexion.  He had a small mole 3 inches below and to the outer side of his left nipple.  He was a Methodist.

His father Chester Ferrier was the Superintendant of the Victoria Industrial School.  In the 1914 Toronto City directory Chester and his family lived at the school on the north side of Main Street, west of Howland Avenue. 

He was a Private in the 3rd University Company, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment) when he was killed on June 4, 1916.  It appears that his remains were never found as he is listed on Panel 10 of the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate).  The CEF burial register states that he was "previously reported wounded and missing now for official purposes presumed to have Died".  According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website he was the son of Chester and Lillian Ferrier, of Main St., Mimico, Ontario. Under-Graduate, Toronto University.

According to the Canadian Virtual War Memorial the Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War.

Photo and Roll of Service entry courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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