Born in 1885 at Woodford, son of Henry (General Labourer) and Julia Gregory. In 1891 he is living with his family at 3 Wallers Cottages, Woodford Bridge. In 1901 he is still living with his family, employed as a Domestic Waiter. In 1911 he is a Male Nurse at the Cardiff Mental Hospital Wales. He enlisted in the Brenockshire Battalion (TA) at the Asylum and served from 25th June 1908 to 24th June 1912.
He left Wales and moved to Colchester where he married Elizabeth Rushbrooke on 5th February 1915, giving his occupation as a Male Nurse at Severalls Asylum. They lived at 7 Albion Grove, Colchester.
On entering the Army he initially served in the Royal Army Medical Corps before transferring to 2/17 London Regiment (Poplar & Stepney Rifles). This Battalion had deployed to France on 23th June 1916 as part of 60 Division, and came under the control of XVII Corps in the general area of Arras. During their service in France before they were redeployed to Salonika, the Battalion did not participate in any major engagements.
The tour of duty was not without loss. Arthur Gregory was the only casualty in the Battalion that day when he was Killed in Action on 1st September 1916 in circumstances which are unclear.
X/R: Private Sidney Charles Gregory (Brother)
Research by Adrian Lee, Local Historian