William Hilder GREGSON

GREGSON, William Hilder

Service Number: 2608
Enlisted: 23 August 1915
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 7th Field Company Engineers
Born: Waratah, New South Wales, Australia, 16 April 1977
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Surveyor
Died: Killed in Action, France, 14 November 1916
Cemetery: Warlencourt British Cemetery
Plot VI Row F Grave 16.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cunderdin War Memorial Drive
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World War 1 Service

23 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Corporal, 2608, 7th Field Company Engineers
22 Dec 1915: Involvement 2608, 7th Field Company Engineers, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '5' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Suffolk embarkation_ship_number: A23 public_note: ''
22 Dec 1915: Embarked 2608, 7th Field Company Engineers, HMAT Suffolk, Sydney
14 Nov 1916: Involvement Sergeant, 2608, 7th Field Company Engineers, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2608 awm_unit: 7th Field Company, Australian Engineers awm_rank: Sergeant awm_died_date: 1916-11-14

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery

Let us remember a Fallen soldier of The Great War memorialised at Sandgate Cemetery.

On the 14th November 1916, Sergeant William Hilder Gregson, 7th Field Company, Australian Engineers (Reg No-2608), surveyor from 10 Bligh Street, Sydney, New South Wales, father of one (Catherine Grace), was Killed in action (wounded, then probably killed by enemy artillery shell), during the Battle of Flers, France, age 39.

Born at Waratah, New South Wales on the 16th April 1877 to Jesse (died 3.8.1919, Katoomba, N.S.W., age 82) and Catherine McLean Gregson nee Woore (died 23.3.1899, North Waratah, N.S.W., age 56); husband of Grace Lydia Gregson nee Busby (married 1912, Mosman, N.S.W., remarried to John A Fisher 1930, Woollahra, N.S.W., died 1973?, Sydney, N.S.W.) of Westbourne Road, Roseville, New South Wales and "Maiala", 57 Spofforth Street, Cremorne, N.S.W., William enlisted on the 23rd August 1915 at Sydney, N.S.W.

Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on the 30th November 1915.
Admitted to 6th Australian Field ambulance 18.4.1916 (cerebro-spinal meningitis).

Wounded in action 5.8.1916 (shell concussion or contusion of chest), 14.11.1916 (not stated).

Reported Wounded and Missing 27.2.1917.

Reported Killed in Action 3.8.1917.

William was laid to rest at Warlencourt British Cemetery, France. Plot VI Row F Grave 16.

Place of Association - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Mr. Gregson’s name has been inscribed on the St David's Uniting Church Roll of Honour, Lindfield, N.S.W., Mount Wilson War Memorial, Sydney University War Memorial Carillon, Roseville War Memorial, Cunderdin War Memorial Drive and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall.

I have placed poppies at the memorialised Gregson gravesite in remembrance of the service and supreme sacrifice of their son William for God, King & Country. ANGLICAN 1-67. 3.

Step-father to John Busby - note: also spelt Bushby (Jack, born 1.5.1897, Nyngan, N.S.W. to George and Grace Busby, driver or clerk from Westbourne Road, Roseville, New South Wales, enlisted 23.8.1915, 7th Field Company Australian Engineers, Reg No-2610, RTA 6.7.1919, died?, not officially commemorated) also served 1st A.I.F.

Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

For more detail, see “Forever Remembered “

Lest We Forget.