Norman James Wright GREGORY


GREGORY, Norman James Wright

Service Number: 19607
Enlisted: 21 December 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Bombardier
Last Unit: 8th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Poplar, London, England, 1893
Home Town: Braidwood, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Died of Illness (pulmonary TB/phthisis), Leura, New South Wales, 2 March 1918
Cemetery: Katoomba General Cemetery
C of E section, Plot L, Grave no. 18
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

21 Dec 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 19607, Melbourne, Victoria
7 Jan 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Gunner, Promoted from Private
1 Apr 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Bombardier
20 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Bombardier, SN 19607, 8th Field Artillery Brigade , Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
20 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Bombardier, SN 19607, 8th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Medic, Sydney
1 Feb 1917: Discharged AIF WW1, Bombardier, 8th Field Artillery Brigade
2 Mar 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Bombardier, SN 19607, 8th Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

Norman James Wright GREGORy was born in 1893 in Polar, London, England

His parents were Robert Alfred GREGORY and Elizabeth Mary NOALL who married in 1879 in Poplar.  They were living in England when he enlisted for WW1 and later came out to Australia - his father died in 1936 and his mother in 1949, both in Crookwell, NSW

The London Gazette of 3rd December, 1912 states that Norman James Wright GREGORY was promoted and became assistant clerk to the board of Agriculture & Fisheries

Norman enlisted for WW1 on 21st December, 1915 & first became ill with influenza at the Maribyrnong Camp & his health deteriorated further whilst overseas

He was with the 8th Field Artillery Brigade, Battery 29 and embarked from Melbourne on HMAT Medic on 20th May 1916 & was located at the Western Front - he received the British War Medal

He left UK to return to Australia on 12th November, 1916 on the ship Wiltshire and discharged on 1st February, 1917

Norman was admitted to the Red Cross Convalescent Home at Leura in Sydney and died on 2nd March, 1918 from Pulmonary Tuberculosis - he is buried in Katoomba Cemetery

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial


Trove - Obituary

Blue Mountains Echo 15th March, 1918 page 5


Bombardier Norman James Gregory, a patient in the Red Cross Convalescent Home at Leura, passed away in that institution on Thursday afternoon.  He was but 24 years of age and had been invalided home about 15 months ago.  The deceased soldier enlisted in Melbourne and was attached to the 8th Field Artillery Brigade.  He had only two relatives in Australia, a sister & brother in law, Mr. & Mrs. Carter of Braidwood

His parents reside in London. 

The internment took place with military honours on the following Monday morning in the Katoomba Cemetery, the Rev. A.J. Fraser of Leura officiating at the graveside.  Rev. Dill-Mackey who has recently taken charge of the Presbyterian Church, Leura, together with a number of returned soldiers and friends attended the funeral.  The arrangements were in the hands of Frost & Co of Katoomba


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