Queen’s South Africa Medal, no bar, Alexander McDougall Ferrier, Ordinary Seaman, HMS Monarch. Following 10 years of service he deserted and ran from HMS Africa, upon recovering he was discharged.
Alexander McDougall Ferrier was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on 5th November 1881. He first joined the Royal Navy as a Boy 2nd Class in April 1898, being advanced to Able Seaman in November 1901.
During the period of the Boer War he served on HMS Monarch throughout from October 1900 until December 1902.
He saw further service on a few ships before joining HMS Africa on 6th November 1906.
With only 2 more years to go until his 12 years of service was up and he would receive his pension, on 21st April 1908 he “Ran” and deserted his ship at Queensferry, Scotland.
After 6 months on the run, he was recovered on 22nd October 1908 and was not claimed for further service.