George Joseph (Tiny) GREGORY


GREGORY, George Joseph

Service Number: 680
Enlisted: 11 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 22 June 1892
Home Town: Magill, Campbelltown, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in action, France, 28 January 1917, aged 24 years
Cemetery: Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Magill Honour Board, Magill War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

11 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
6 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, HMAT A19 Afric
9 Jun 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 680, 43rd Infantry Battalion
9 Jun 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 680, 43rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide

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George Gregory was killed mending the trench wire in front of his lines. He was hit with a burst of German machine gun fire. According to his extensive Red Cross file  (see related link on  left)  he was hit in the head and died almost immediately. He was nicknamed "Tiny" due to his height and was popular amongst his peers. One witness from his Red Cross record stated that upon being hit he responded with " well it had to happen"

Biography contributed by Heather Ernszt

Son of Walter James Gregory and Alice Austin