Andrew James MCGREGOR

Andrew James MCGREGOR

Andrew James McGregor (Daily Telegraph 22/9/1916)

Andrew James McGregor (Daily Telegraph 22/9/1916)

Per his military service record (regimental no. 4855), Andrew James McGregor was born at Sydney, N.S.W. He gave his age as 34 years and 2 months, his marital status as married, and his occupation as baker. His description on his medical was height 5 feet 4 inches tall, weight 8 stone 9 lbs, with a dark complexion, dark blue eyes, and dark hair. His religious denomination was Anglican. He claimed that he had 10 years’ experience in the Colonial Forces. He as attested by Captain Nicholas at Gilgandra on the 9th October, 1915, after completing his medical at Gilgandra on 7th October 1915.

He sold his I.X.L. Bakery business in Gilgandra before joining the Coo-ee March at Gilgandra.[1]

His younger brother Arthur Ernest McGregor also joined the Coo-ee March, being attested, and completing his medical examination, when the Coo-ees were at Springwood.

After completing the Coo-ee March Andrew James McGregor went to Liverpool Camp as reinforcement for the 13th Battalion.

On his embarkation roll his address at time of enrolment was 39 Fotheringham Street, Marrickville, Sydney, N.S.W., and his next of kin is listed as his wife, Mrs. A. [Alice] McGregor, at the same address.

On 8th March 1916, Private McGregor, along with many of the other Coo-ees, departed Sydney on the HMAT Star of England, arriving in Egypt on the 11th April 1916.

On 16th April 1916 he was transferred to the 4th Pioneer Battalion at Tel El Kebir, Egypt.

On 4th June 1916 Private McGregor, along with several other Coo-ees, left Alexandria aboard the Transport Scotian bound for France, and arrived at Marseilles on 11th June 1916.

Private McGregor served on the Western Front with the 4th Pioneer Battalion until the end of 1916, when on 22nd December 1916 he transferred to the 2nd Australian Field Bakery.

Private McGregor was granted 10 days leave to the United Kingdom on 29th June 1917.

On the 24th June 1918 Private McGregor was admitted to hospital with Sclerosis Spinal Cord. He was evacuated to hospital in England on 30th June 1918.

He began his return to Australia aboard the Transport HT Gaika on the 8th November 1918, arriving in Australian on the 29th December 1918.

Private McGregor was discharged on 4th September 1920.

[1] ‘Advertising’, Gilgandra Weekly, 22 October 1915, p.7, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119923863

 

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