15 May 1918: L.Sgt John Gregson

Born at Wellington, Shropshire in 1880.

John was living and working in Skipton ,Yorkshire at the time of his enlistment.

A married father of two, he enlisted into his local territorial battalion in the early months of the war, but didn't see overseas service until mid 1916.

After taking part in the Battle of the Somme soon after his arrival in France, John was also to become a veteran of the Battle of Poelcapelle (part of 3rd Ypres) the following year.

Pension Records from WFA records on Fold3

His Pension Record Card reveals that John was was seriously wounded by a gun shut wound to the shoulder and face during the Battle of the Lys in April 1918. Evacuated back to the UK he subsequently died of pneumonoa in Lichfield Hospital on 15 May 1918.

He was buried in Wrexham Cemetery, N.Wales five days later.

Married to Gertrude, he left two children, 14 year old John and 7 year old Irene. 

 

L Sgt John Gregson, 1/6th Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regt

15 May 1918