Private William Arthur Absolom Gregory

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research

WIlliam Arthur Absolom Gregory Birth Registration Transcription © ancestry.co.uk
WIlliam Arthur Absolom Gregory Birth Registration Transcription © ancestry.co.uk

William Arthur Absolom Gregory was born in the 1st quarter of 1892 in Cranleigh, Surrey to engine driver Alfred Gregory and Matilda Maria Gregory nee Hampshire.

William Arthur Absolom´s father Alfred Gregory was born in the 1st quarter of 1865 in Bermondsey, London to agricultural labourer James Gregory, born about 1841 in Bookham, Surrey, and dressmaker Anne Gregory born about 1840 in Cranleigh, Surrey.

At the time of the 1871 Census, the family lived in Holmesdale House in Dorking, Surrey. James was working as an agricultural labourer and Anne was looking after their children: Walter, Alfred, Mary J. and John, who had been crippled from birth.

At the time of the 1881 Census, the family lived at Redland Cottages, Holmwood Road in Holmwood, Surrey. James was working as a general labourer and Anne was at home with her six children. Alfred and Walter were working as general labourers.

William´s mother Matilda Maria Hampshire was born in the 2nd quarter of 1868 in Cranleigh, Surrey to labourer John Hampshire, born about 1827 in Cranleigh, Surrey and laundress Sarah Hampshire, born about 1831 in Cranleigh, Surrey. Matilda Maria was baptised on the 7th of June 1868 at St Nicholas´ church in Cranleigh. At the time of the baptism, the family lived at Fowles in Cranleigh and John was working as a labourer.

At the time of the 1881 Census, the family were lodgers of the widowed George Balchin at The Common in Cranleigh, Surrey. John was working as a farm labourer and Sarah was a laundress. Of their children Matilda Maria and Alice were domestic servants.

Alfred Gregory and Matilda Maria Hampshire married on the 17th of August 1889 at St Nicholas´ church in Cranleigh, Surrey. At the time of the marriage, the couple lived in Cranleigh and Alfred was working as an engine driver.

William Gregory had a one brother: Alfred Lewer Gregory was born in the 2nd quarter of 1890 in Cranleigh, Surrey.

At the time of the 1891 Census, Alfred Gregory was a lodger at Bayhurst Upper in Cranleigh, Surrey. Alfred was working as an engine driver of steam roller and Matilda Mary was looking after their son Alfred Lewer Gregory.

WIlliam Arthur Absolom Gregory Baptism Certificate © ancestry.co.uk
WIlliam Arthur Absolom Gregory Baptism Certificate © ancestry.co.uk

William Gregory was born in the 1st quarter of 1892 in Cranleigh, Surrey and was baptised on the 6th of March 1892 at St Nicholas´ church in Cranleigh. At the time of the baptism, the family lived in Cranleigh and Alfred was working as an engine driver.

WIlliam Arthur Absolom Gregory 1901 Census © ancestry.co.uk
WIlliam Arthur Absolom Gregory 1901 Census © ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1901 Census, the family lived at Brook Cottage in Cranleigh. Alfred was working as an engine driver of a steam roller and Matilda Mary was looking after their children Alfred Lewer and William.

Matilda Maria Gregory died in the 1st quarter of 1906 in the Registration District of Farnham, Surrey. She was burried on the 22nd of March 1906 at St Nicholas´ church in Cranleigh. At the time of her death, she lived in Milford, Surrey. She was 37 years old.

Afred Gregory of Chapel-lane, Milford, Surrey died on the 29th of April 1907 in Surrey. He left to his father James Gregory £43 and 2s in probate. James Gregory died in the 3rd quarter of 1909 in the Registration District of Dorking.

WIlliam Arthur Absolom Gregory 1911 Census © ancestry.co.uk
WIlliam Arthur Absolom Gregory 1911 Census © ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, orphaned William lived with his paternal grandmother, the widowed Anne Gregory at 1 Redlands Cottages in Holmwood, Surrey. William Gregory was working as a milkman. The household further comprised of Ann´s other grandchild Lesslie James Cornick. The accommodation had four rooms.

William Gregory enlisted in Holmwood, Surrey into the 1st/5th Battalion, the Queens´ Royal West Surrey Regiment. He was a Private and his regimental number was T/1646, and later T/240225. At the time of his enlistment he lived in Cobham, Surrey.

William Gregory disembarked on the 13th of August 1915 to the Asiatic Theatre of War.

William Gregory died on the 1st of September 1916 in Yarbashi, Turkey. He was later exhumed from the Yarbashi Cemetery and moved to Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq.

He is buried at the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq. His grave reference number is: XXI.S.22.

William Gregory received the British War and Victory medals and the 1915 Star.

WIlliam Arthur Absolom Gregory Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk
WIlliam Arthur Absolom Gregory Soldiers Effects © ancestry.co.uk

William Gregory left to his paternal grandmother Ann Gregory £31, 7s and 10d on the 21st of April 1926 in Soldier´s Effects.

Born                        Cranleigh, Surrey

Lived                        Holmwood

Son of                      Alfred and Matilda Maria Gregory (nee Hampshire)

Regiment                 1st/5th Battalion, Queens Royal West Surrey Regiment
Number                    T/1646 later T/204255

Date of Death           1st September 1916
Place of Death          Yarbashi, Turkey

Age                           24

Buried                       Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq