Rosalie (also written as “Rosa Lee” and “Rosalee”) Aileen Ferguson was born on March 8, 1896, in the small community of Evans in the southwest corner of Chatham County, N.C., to John Thomas and Cora L. May Ferguson. She was inducted on May 25, 1918, for service in WWI. She was sent for initial assignment at the Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, D.C., through July 31, 1918. On that day, when she was attached to a mobile hospital station. Ferguson remained there until the day she left the United States. On August 31, 1918, Ferguson was assigned to the mobilize for service in France with the newly-formed Base Hospital №65, in which unit she would serve during most of her time in Europe.
Ferguson married former U.S. Army soldier Thomas Clarence Whiting in 1929.
- Rosalie A. Ferguson: WWI Base Hospital No. 65 Nurse by Matthew Peek, Military Collection Archivist, State Archives of North Carolina
- Rosalie Ferguson Base Hospital No. 65 [photograph collection] available from State Archives of North Carolina