Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
India General Service 1895-1902, 3 clasps, Relief of Chitral 1895, Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Tirah 1897-98 (3493 Pte. W. J. Gregory, 1st Bn. Gord. Highrs.), edge bruising, otherwise very fine
William John Gregory was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and enlisted in the Gordon Highlanders in October 1890, aged 18 years.
Embarked for India with the 1st Battalion in January 1893, he witnessed active service at the relief of Chitral in 1895, and in operations on the Punjab Frontier with the Tirah Field Force (Medal & 3 clasps). Having then returned home in March 1898, Gregory was discharged to the Army Reserve.
Rrecalled for active service in South Africa in November 1899, his subsequent period of engagement was short-lived, for he dislocated his right knee on 5 December 1899, 'while advancing to take the enemy's trenches, into one of which he fell, tripping over barbed wire' (medical board report, Aldershot, November 1900, refers). He was discharged 'on account of permanent unfitness for service.'
Gregory re-enlisted in October 1914 and saw active service on the Western Front in the Army Cyclist Corps in the period December 1914 to February 1915, but he was invalided home on account of recurring trouble with his old Boer War wound. He subsequently served in the Military Police and was discharged in February 1919. He died in Cheltenham in January 1952; sold with copied attestation and service papers, medical board reports and medal roll verification.
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