Abraham Ferner

Corporal Abraham Ferner, DCM was an English soldier of the British Army who died during the First World War.

He was born in Stepney, the son of Polish-born parents Hyman, a boot repairer by trade, and Esther Ferner. At the time of the 1911 census, Ferner was apprenticing as a tailor while living with his family at 28 Heath Street, Stepney.

Aged 21, Ferner died on 21 August 1917, of wounds received on the Western Front, while serving with the 6th Battalion, Alexandra, The Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment. Ferner was awarded a posthumous Distinguished Conduct Medal on 26 January 1918, the citation for which read:

"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During the advance, he moved the line in the open under machine gun fire, directing and encouraging his platoon, and later when ordered with his machine gun section to outflank a strong point, he move up his gun, and though all his men were disabled, and he himself was wounded, continued to fire it until it was put out of action. His pluck and coolness were deserving of the highest praise."[1]

He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery.


  1. UK, Citations of the Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.


  • Ferner, A, Retrieved 16 April 2013.
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