Harry William Gregory


May 3, 1898

Born in London, England to George Samuel and Alice Maud (nee Olley) Gregory


Jun 28, 1906

Embarked the SS Dominion in Liverpool with his parents and siblings


Jul 8, 1906

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Peterborough, Ontario


Mar 19, 1917

Attested into the 2nd Battalion CEF Reinforcing Draft in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 2235341

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Alice Gregory, mother, Peterborough, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


Mar 28, 1917

Embarked the SS Saxonia in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 7, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Jun 19, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Jun 20, 1917

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jul 8, 1917

Left the CIBD and joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin as part of a draft of 53 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Aug 20, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Fosse 10 as part of a draft of 50 reinforcements


Nov 2, 1917

On the night of November 2, the 21st Battalion moved into the Passchendaele front line near Crest Farm.  On their arrival the Germans mounted an attack supported by an artillery barrage and many men went missing overnight and into the following morning.


Nov 3, 1917

6 weeks after joining the battalion, Private Gregory was first declared missing, but his body was later found and determined to have died on this date and he was buried in the Crest Farm Cemetery.

When the war had ended, the Imperial War Graves Commission made and attempt to relocate his body to another cemetery, but his remains could not be located, or if so, could not be identified.  As a result, he is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium for those having perished in Belgium with no known grave.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Alice Maud Gregory, 137 Lake St., Peterborough, Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, George Samuel Gregory at the same address


Private Gregory is also honoured on the Peterborough, Ontario War Memorial

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