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2nd Lieutenant William Small Ferris

  12th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles

                  7th June 1917

Born in Belfast on 31-12-1887.

His parents were the Reverend Caldwell Ferris(1841-28-08-1898),a Presbyterian Minister and Elizabeth(nee Small(married 1874)),born in 1843.

In the Irish census of 31-03-1901 he is recorded as living in Belgravia Street Belfast County Antrim.

In the Irish Census on 02-04-1911,he is recorded as living at

4 Sandown Park, Knock,Belfast and being employed as a Marine Engineer.

He had  3 brothers,Hugh Hubert,John Hewitt(both born in 1877) and Charles James(born on 03-06-1880).

He also had 3 sisters,Emily Elizabeth(born in 1882),Sarah Houston(born in 1883) and Mary Isabel (1885-1921).

He attended Sherry's Civil Service College and was a sampler for Brakpan Mines Ltd in the Transvaal from June 1912 to May 1913 and then employed as a shift boss until

December 1915.

He served with 2nd Transvaal Scottish Regiment as a Private(5379) in German South West Africa and then as a Private (c36/29418) in France with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers before being commissioned in the Royal Irish Rifles on 04-08-1916.

He was killed in action on 07-06-1917.

In his will,he left effects of £589 11s

(worth today £46,268.54) to his mother. *

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