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(later  Brigadier)

Roderick Ferguson





26 Jan 1922 Aberdeen, Scotland

Service No.



591 Antrim Parachute Squadron RE
3 Para

Military Notes:
Service Record:

4 Jul 1942 granted emergency commission from cadet with rank of 2nd Lieutenant.

Ringway Parachute Training Course 69B.

26 Jul 1944 promoted to Lieutenant

2nd in command of Squadron while in Normandy

17 Jan 1945 promoted to Lieutenant from his emergency commission status with seniority from 26 Jul 1944

29 Aug 1944 Gazette announces Military Cross award.
2 Feb 1946 released from 3 Para and repartriated to UK.

26 Jan 1949 promoted to Captain

26 Jan 1956 promotion to Major

27 Dec 1960 Gazette announces MBE award (Queens New Year Honours)

1 Jul 1960 promoted to Battalion Lieutenant Colonel

3 Dec 1962 promoted to Lieutenant Colonel

1 Jul 1964 promoted to Colonel

31 Dec 1969 promoted to Brigadier

19 Jan 1973 retires from Army on retired pay

Family Notes:

son of RAMC Dr. Major Robert Semple MD OBE 1919 [ later a General Practitioner in Aberdeen] and his wife Flora MacKenzie Ferguson (1893-1979) [m.1916 Banchory Ternan, Kincardineshire]

Civilian Occupation:

Career Soldier 


1958 Doris Olivia Marie Simmons (1914-2001) in Chelsea RD. She qualified as a pilot in 1939.

[no issue if the marriage]


31 July 2003 aged 81 in Surrey, England


Randalls Park Crematorium, Leatherhead Surrey. 

Cemetery / Memorial:



Special forces Roll of Honour photo (click)

Wikipedia entry (click)


Awarded the Military Cross

Awarded an MBE

Order of Oman 1976




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