Diamond War Memorial Project

Lance Corporal John McGregor

'B' Company, 10th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Derry Volunteers). Regimental Number 15847
Born: ---- Died: 1917-02-17 Aged: 31 Enlisted: Londonderry.

Interred in Berks Cemetery Extension. Name commemorated on the Diamond War Memorial.

Eldest son of Matilda and Thomas (builder, who died on September 12, 1924, and was buried in Londonderry City Cemetery) McGregor, 5, Barrack Street, Londonderry. Brother of Alexander, who married Daisy, second daughter of Robert Gallagher, 2, Victoria Street, Londonderry, on October 1, 1915. Brother of William, who married Margaret, daughter of Henry Orr, Charlotte Street, on February 15, 1922, at Strand Road Presbyterian Church, Londonderry. Possibly brother of Andrew, who married Isabella, daughter of James Carruthers, George's Street, Londonderry, on August 11, 1921, at Ebrington Presbyterian Church, Waterside, Londonderry.

John McGregor, who was married to Margaret Cochrane (Maggie) McGregor, 3, Barrack Street, Londonderry, joined the Inniskillings in September 1914, and served with them, taking part in the great advance of July 1, 1916, in which he was severely wounded. On that occasion his brother, Corporal Samuel McGregor, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, but attached to the Trench Mortar Battery, was killed.

Two other brothers, Alexander, of the 2nd Inniskillings, and William, 10th Battalion Canadians, were both wounded, around May 1915, during battles on the Ypres-La Bassee Front. At the time, William, who had been shot in the right hand, wrote home to his father, from a hospital in Rouen, stating: 'My hand is better, and I must be thankful that I did not lose it altogether. Besides the wound to my hand I got pitched into the air with a shell, but I came out of it without a scratch, although I got a bad shaking, and I lost my hearing for quite a long time. I regained the hearing of one ear, but I can't hear with the other at all. I guess, however, I will get over it; it's marvellous the escapes one has. The sights one sees here after a bombardment are awful, and worse than anything else is to see all your best pals knocked out and the way the Germans treat our fellows. They are a devilish bad lot, and I guess they will deserve all that is in store for them.'

Lance Corporal John McGregor was a member of First Derry Presbyterian Church, the Murray Club of Apprentice Boys of Derry, Loyal Orange Lodge 1087, and the 'No Surrender' Band. Shortly after his death, his wife had the following lines placed in a Londonderry newspaper:

'He was taken from amongst us

To his heavenly home to dwell,

One of the best that God could send,

A loving husband and a faithful friend.'

The name of Lance Corporal John McGregor was read out during a memorial service in First Derry Presbyterian Church held, on Sunday, July 1, 1917, to commemorate the members of that congregation who, up to that time, had made the supreme sacrifice in the Great War. His name was also read out during a Protestant inter-denominational memorial service held, on the same day, in St Columb's (Church of Ireland) Cathedral, Londonderry, to commemorate those Derry men who had made the supreme sacrifice during the previous year.