Frank Gregory

Date of birth:                      3rd March 1891
Place of birth:                    Southampton
Service No.:                        418614
Rank:                                     Private
Regiment / Division:      Quebec Regiment/Canadian Infantry
Battalion:                             42nd Battalion
Died:                                      16th September 1916 aged 25 years
Death Location:                Courcelette, France

Before the War
Frank was born ‘Charles Frank’ in Southampton on 3rd March 1891 to Horatio Nelson (1861 – 25/04/1940) and Sarah Ann Gregory (nee Heath 1862 – 11/01/1931).  His parents were married at St George Hanover Square, London in 1889.

Frank had one sister Esme Emily (22/08/1898 – 1978). She married William Charles Ball in 1922.

On 1891 Census Frank is living at Testwood House, Eling with his parents. His father is employed as a gardener.

On 1901 Census he is living at 72 Kent Road, Portswood, Southampton, with his parents and younger sister Esme. Frank’s father is self employed as a ‘jobbing gardener’.

By the 1911 Census Frank’s parents and sister are living at ‘Bowood’, Hillside Avenue, Bittern Park, Southampton.  His father’s occupation is the same. Frank’s name was filled in on the form, but crossed out and ‘Ships’ was written under the ‘Personal Occupation’ heading.

Frank emigrated to Canada and there is a Frank Gregory on the passenger list of SS Laurentic which left Liverpool on 11th May 1912 and arrived in Quebec on 19th May 1912.  He was amongst a list of passengers who intended to settle in Canada. Frank’s occupation was stated as a farm labourer.

Military History
Frank enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Montreal on 1st April 1915. His occupation was a clerk. Prior to this he had served in the Montreal Grenadier Guards for eight months.

When he died Frank was serving in ‘C’ Company of the 42nd Battalion of the Canadian Infantry.  On 16th September 1916 he was killed in action near Courcelette. ‘C’ Company was located at Fabeck Graben and on the morning of the 16th they came under heavy shelling.  Orders were received to attack Zollern Graben at 5pm and Frank was involved in the second wave of attack under the command of Lieutenant S J Mathewson.  On reaching within 100 yards of the German trench only the Lieutenant was left.

Frank was awarded the Victory medal and the British War medal.

He is remembered at the Vimy Memorial which is dedicated to those who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and lost their lives during the First World War.  This memorial is north of Arras, France and overlooks the Douai Plain. 11285 names are carved on the memorial.

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