Leslie Winchombe GREGORY

GREGORY, Leslie Winchombe

Service Number: 1710
Enlisted: 16 July 1915, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
Born: Kogarah, New South Wales, 26 January 1891
Home Town: Casino, Richmond Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Sydney's Port Street School
Occupation: Saw-miller
Died: Car Accident, Kunghur, New South Wales, 22 February 1932, aged 41 years
Cemetery: Casino General Cemetery, New South Wales
Cemetery Lane. Anglican section. Buried next to his wife Ivy Winifred (nee Byrnes)
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World War 1 Service

16 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sydney, New South Wales
2 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1710, 7th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1710, 7th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
21 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 4th Machine Gun Company
7 Jul 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, Australian Flying Corps (AFC)
20 Jun 1919: Discharged AIF WW1

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Leslie Gregory joined the AIF after learning of the death at Gallipoli of his elder brother 255 Pte. Clive Winchcombe Gregory (/explore/people/276961)

"...1710 Private (Pte) Leslie Winchcombe Gregory, 7th Light Horse, of Casino, NSW. A saw miller prior to enlistment in 1915, Pte Gregory embarked from Sydney with the 11 Reinforcements on board HMAT Euripides (A14) on 2 November 1915 bound for Egypt and Palestine. Pte Gregory was wounded in action on 9 August 1916 during operations following the Battle of Romani. In November 1916 he was appointed temporary Quarter Master Sergeant with the 2nd Light Horse and promoted to 2nd Lieutenant with the 4th Machine Gun Squadron in September 1917. In December he was promoted to Lieutenant (Lt). During 1918 Lt Gregory became a qualified Vicker's machine gun instructor and was seconded to the 1st Squadron Australian Flying Corps. He trained in aerial observation and graduated in December 1918 as a flying officer's observer. Lt Gregory returned to Australia in March 1919. Lt Gregory's brother was 255 Driver Clive Winchcombe Gregory, 1st Divisional Train, Australian Army Service Corps who was killed in action at Gallipoli on 21 May 1915. The brothers were cousins to Lieutenant Colonel Owen Glendower Howell-Price DSO MC, Commanding 3rd Battalion Australian Infantry, died of wounds 4 November 1916; Major Philip Llewellyn Howell-Price DSO MC, 1st Battalion, died 4 October 1917; 2nd Lieutenant Richmond Gordon Howell-Price MC, 1st Battalion, died of wounds 4 May 1917; Major Frederick Philmore Howell-Price DSO, returned to Australia 20 May 1919." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)



MURWILLUMBAH, Tuesday. Mr. Leslie Winchcombe Gregory, a member of the famous cricketing family, and Mr. Fowler Fitzhenry, hotelkeeper, of Mallanganee, were killed when a motor car capsized over an embankment on the Blue Knob-road about two miles beyond Kunghur about 10.30 last night. The car ran off the road when rounding a corner, toppled over on its side, and crashed into a stump. Mr. Roy Gresslnger, of Byan-gum, was returning home from Nimbin and discovered the tragedy. The lights of the car were still burning. About 10 residents of the district, police, and ambulance men endeavoured to get the car back on its wheels, but it defied their united efforts. After great difficulty one of the bodies was removed from the front seat, and while searching for belongings the police discovered the body of the second victim, which was jammed tightly, and portion of the bodywork had to be cut away before the body could be released. It is thought Mr. Fitzhenry was suffocated, and that Mr. Gregory - believed to have been the driver of the car - was crushed. The car passed through, Kunghur about three-quarters of an hour before the tragedy was discovered. The bodies were brought to Murwillumbah early this morning.

Mr. Gregory was a son of the late Arthur H. Gregory and Mrs. A. H. Gregory, of Chatswood. He naturally inherited his love of cricket fiom his father, but he never rose to the same heights as the other members of the family. He was, however, a prominent figure on the Far North Coast, and visited Sydney for the country week carnival on a couple of occasions as a medium-paced lefthand bowler, though he did not meet with a great deal of success. Mr. Gregory was educated at Fort-street, and while there visited Victoria with a team of Australian Rules footballers. At the time of his death he was approaching his 40th year. The funeral will take place at Casino today." - from the Sydney Morning Herald 24 Feb 1932 (nla.gov.au)