Andrew James MCGREGOR

MCGREGOR, Andrew James

Service Number: 4855
Enlisted: 9 October 1915, Gilgandra, NSW
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 13th Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, NSW, 1881
Home Town: Marrickville, Marrickville, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Baker
Died: Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, NSW, 1 October 1938, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery & Crematorium
Memorials: Gilgandra Coo-ee March Gallery, New South Wales Garden of Remembrance (Rookwood Necropolis)
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World War 1 Service

9 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4855, 13th Infantry Battalion, Gilgandra, NSW
8 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, 4855, 13th Infantry Battalion
8 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, 4855, 13th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Star of England, Sydney

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Husband of Mrs Alice McGregor, 39 Fotheringham Street, Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales

Andrew joined the Coo-ee March after passing his medical examination by Dr Peet in Gilgandra on October 9, 1915. After training at Liverpool, he  embarked for Egypt on the HMAT Star of England on March 8, 1916. Andrew trained in Egypt, then transferred to the No 4 Pioneer Battalion, 2nd  Australian Field Bakery. They arrived in France at the Western Front in June 1916 and faced Pozieres and Mouquet Farm as part of The Battle of the  Somme, then Bullecourt and Messines. Andrew was admitted to hospital in England in June 1918 with a severe back problem and did not return to  active service.

Andrew returned to Australia on the D32 Giaka and was discharged from the AIF on December 29, 1918 as permanently unfit for service.

Andrew McGregor was the fifth of six brothers to volunteer and the sixth brother volunteered at Parramatta with the Coo-ees.

McGREGOR.-October 1, 1938, at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, Andrew James McGregor (late A.I.F., 2nd A.S.C.), of 33a Pittwater Road, Manly, and formerly of Gilgandra, dearly beloved husband of Alice, and loving father of Ella (Mrs. A. Mulheron), Lismore, and Frederick, aged 55 years.