The fascinating Great War German March Offensive and London Olympic Games 1908 Scottish participant’s Military Medal group awarded to Private W.C.G. Fergus, Army Service Corps, who was a real olympic hopeful in gymnastics, he having won the Carnegie Gymnasium Club’s title three years in succession, and amassed 17 medals, however he failed to secure a medal during the London Olympics Games in 1908. Later however he won distinction during the Great War when present out on the Western Front from July 1915 with a Motor Transport Company, and it was

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The fascinating Great War German March Offensive and London Olympic Games 1908 Scottish participant’s Military Medal group awarded to Private W.C.G. Fergus, Army Service Corps, who was a real olympic hopeful in gymnastics, he having won the Carnegie Gymnasium Club’s title three years in succession, and amassed 17 medals, however he failed to secure a medal during the London Olympics Games in 1908. Later however he won distinction during the Great War when present out on the Western Front from July 1915 with a Motor Transport Company, and it was during the early days of the German March Offensive between the 21st and 26th March when serving on attachment to ‘A’ Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, that he was decorated for his bravery, his award of the Military Medal being published in the London Gazette for 27th June 1918, being quite possibly for evacuating men or equipment under fire.
Group of 5: Military Medal, GVR bust; (M2-099698 PTE W. FERGUS. M.T. A.S.C.); 1914-1915 Star; (M2-099698. PTE. W. FERGUS. A.S.C.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (M2-099698 PTE. W. FERGUS. A.S.C.); War Medal 1939-1945. Together with the Air Ministry card box of issue for the last, this addressed to: W.C.G. Fergus, Esq. 57 Glenmarkie Terrace, Dundee, Angus, and enlisted the issuance ticket confirming the sole entitlement, and also the Air Council campaign medal forwarding slip.
Condition: Good Very Fine.
Together with the following related prize medals for gymnastics, including the London Olympics in 1908, and some related ephemera:
London Olympic Games 1908:
Commemorative Medal for Participation in the London Olympic Games of 1908, white metal, as awarded to all the participants.
Rare enamelled London Olympic Games 1908 Competitors Badge, makers details for Vaughton of Birmingham, reverse officially numbered: ‘1588’.
Gymnastics Medals:
The Scottish Amateur Gymnastic Association Amateur Championship of Scotland Prize Medal for Club Championship, won by W.C. Fergus in 1906-7, silver, hallmarks for Glasgow with date letter ‘J’ for 1906.
The Scottish Amateur Gymnastic Association Amateur Championship of Scotland Prize Medal for Rope Climbing Championship, won by W.C. Fergus in 1906-7, bronze.
The Scottish Amateur Gymnastic Association Amateur Championship of Scotland Prize Medal for Rope Climbing Championship, won by W.C. Fergus in 1907-8, silver, hallmarks for Glasgow with date letter ‘K’ for 1907.
The Scottish Amateur Gymnastic Association Amateur Championship of Scotland Prize Medal in Gold for Pomelled Horse, won by W.C. Fergus in 1907-8, gold, .375 9 carat mark, hallmarks for Birmingham with date letter ‘h’ for 1907.
The Scottish Amateur Gymnastic Association Amateur Championship of Scotland Prize Medal in Gold, won by W.C. Fergus, gold, .375 9 carat mark, hallmarks for Birmingham with date letter ‘h’ for 1907.
Gymnastic Association Prize Medal for the Rope Climbing Record, won by W.C. Fergus, silver, hallmarks for Birmingham with date letter ‘h’ for 1907.
The Scottish Amateur Gymnastic Association Amateur Championship of Scotland Prize Medal for Rope Climbing, won by W.C. Fergus in 1908-9, silver, hallmarks for Glasgow with later letter ‘L’ for 1908.
The Carnegie Dunfernline Trust Carnegie Gymnasium Club Prize Medal for the winners of the International and Scottish Gymnastic Shields in 1908, named to Wm. Fergus, silver, but not hallmarked and most likely of Scottish manufacture.
“K.B.C.” Prize Medal for 4 Miles won by W.C. Fergus in 1910, silver, but not hallmarked and most likely of Scottish manufacture.
Scottish Amateur Boxing Gymnastic and Wrestling Association Individual Gymnastic Championships Pomelled Horse 1st Prize Medal, won by W.C. Fergus in 1912, silver, hallmarks for Birmingham with date letter ‘m’ for 1911.
The Hood Medal in Gold, won by W. Fergus in 1912, gold, .375 9 carat mark, hallmarks for Birmingham with date letter ‘n’ for 1912.
Clothing and ration books:
Clothing Book 1945-46, as held by William C.G. Fergus, of 57 Glenmarkie Terrace, Dundee, Angus.
Clothing Book 1946-47, as held by William C.G. Fergus, of 57 Glenmarkie Terrace, Dundee, Angus.
Clothing Book 1947-48, as held by William C.G. Fergus, of 57 Glenmarkie Terrace, Dundee, Angus. Together with another similar.
Motor Fuel Ration Book, unused.
William C.G. Fergus was born on 26th September 1886 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, and began his gymnastic career when aged 10, joining the Carnegie Gymnastic Club in his native Dunfermline. The Carnegie was one of the leading gymnastics clubs in Great Britain in the early 20th century, and had won both the National Challenge Shield and the International Challenge Shield.
As a member of the club, Fergus was real olympic hopeful, he having won the Carnegie Club title three years in succession, and amassed 17 medals. Aged 22 he entered the London Olympic Games in 1908, Competitor No.1588 as his badge identifies. He however failed to win an Olympic Medal. Fergus was however an all-round athlete, being a keen cyclist, roller skater and basketball player in addition to his proficiency as a gymnast, and in his later years also played golf.
With the outbreak of the Great War, Fergus then saw service as a Private (No.M2-099698) with the Army Service Corps, and was present with a Motor Transport Company out on the Western Front from 6th July 1915. It was whilst he was serving in a Motor Transport role attached to ‘A’ Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery on the Western Front, that Fergus won the Military Medal for bravery in the field, the award being published in the London Gazette for 27th June 1918, which indicates an award won during the German March Offensive in the period from 21st to 26th March 1918, quite possibly for evacuating men or equipment under fire.
Fergus went on to see service during the Second World War for a brief period with the Royal Air Force, he having set up a watchmakers business in Dundee, and is known to have resided at 57 Glenmarkie Terrace, Dundee.