Gerald Ross (Ross) GREGORY


GREGORY, Gerald Ross

Service Number: 400321
Enlisted: 18 August 1940, Melbourne
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 215 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Malvern, Victoria, Australia, 27 February 1916
Home Town: Caulfield, Glen Eira, Victoria
Schooling: Wesley College, Melbourne
Occupation: Audit Clerk
Died: Flying Battle, Ghafaugaon, East Bengal, British, India, 10 June 1942, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Murchison Primary School Gates, Singapore Memorial Kranji War Cemetery
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Pilot Officer, SN 400321
18 Aug 1940: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Air Cadet, SN 400321, No. 1 Air Observers School Cootamundra, Melbourne
13 Nov 1941: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 400321, No. 99 Squadron (RAAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
4 Apr 1942: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, SN 400321, No. 215 Squadron (RAF), Middle East / Mediterranean Theatre

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Sgt-Obs Ross Gregory Sgt-Observer Ross G. Gregory, RAAF, who is reported killed in air operations overseas on June 10, was one of the outstanding sportsmen of Australia, and his death will be mourned by a wide circle of friends and the general public. His fine character, and his free and aggressive style of batting, made him a popular idol. His rise to cricketing fame was rapid, but thoroughly deserved. He is the second Test cricketer to lose his life in this war, the other being Kenneth Fames, who visited Australia in 1936-37 under the captaincy of G. O. B. Allen.

Gregory was born at Murchison on February 28, 1916, and after attending the Gardenvale State school went to Wesley, where he became one of the best all-round cricketers in the public schools. He was one of that group of boys coached by Mr P. L. Williams, who achieved cricket fame for Wesley. Immediately after leaving school Gregory was selected for Victoria. After playing one match for the second eleven he played his first Sheffield Shield match against Queensland in December, 1935, scoring 60 and taking 5 wickets. He played for Australia in 2 Test matches, scoring 23 and 50 in Adelaide and 80 in Melbourne. On leaving school he studied accountancy, and was in his final year when he enlisted in April, 1940. He left for Canada just a year ago. He was the son of Mr and Mrs A. G. Gregory, of Kooyong rd, Caulfield.