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His Head Split in Two

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His Head Split in Two

Now I was the youngest in that, in the battery and I didn't have any particular job, just everything, anything. So I was to look after the mules, go back and tie them up. We were victims of the enemy. Their shoot, their planes and one thing and another. While I was tying up the horse and I was right at his head and the piece of the shell came down and split his head in two. I hadn't yet, you know I was still along side of him. So there was an officer there and the mule was still on his feet and he shot him, he shot the mule.

Mr. Ferguson describes being designated to tend a mule which becomes the unfortunate victim of a German shell fragment.

Angus Ferguson

Angus Ferguson was born in Port Morien, Nova Scotia in 1898. His father was a mining engineer. Mr. Ferguson's first attempt to enlist was denied because of his youth. However, after being sent overseas in 1916, he joined the 15th Battery in France. Mr. Ferguson worked with pack horses and mules, delivering shells to artillery positions. Horses were favoured targets of the Germans, and as a result he had several close calls. “Lucky all the time” is how Mr. Ferguson describes his war service.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Angus Ferguson
War, Conflict or Mission:
First World War
166 Squadron

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