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William Gregson was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Gregson, of 22, St. Andrew’s Road, Preston. William enlisted in the 1/4th (Territorial) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire on 20th October 1914. He had no previous service but was embodied the same day with the service number 2955.

Private William Gregson sailed from Folkestone to France with the main body of the Battalion on 4th May 1915. One month later, on 15th June 1915 William sustained gunshot wounds to his left leg and leg arm and was taken Prisoner of War.

William Gregson died captivity on 25th July 1915.  His death was attributed to Cardiac weakness.

The following articles appeared in a local newspaper shortly after his death;


Information has been received by his parents, Mr and Mrs J. Gregson, St. Andrew’s-road, Preston, that their son, Private William Gregson, 1/4th Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, who was wounded and taken prisoner in the fighting at Festubert on June 15th, died at Mulheim on July 25th.  The sad intelligence is conveyed in a letter from a comrade, who signs himself ‘Thomas E. Matthews, Border Regiment’.  The writer states that everything possible was done by the German doctors and the hospital staff to save Private Gregson, but all in vain.  The body was placed in a coffin and interred in the local cemetery with military honours.  English, French and Belgian comrades subscribed for floral tributes.

Private Gregson, who was 20 years of age, joined the 1/4th Loyal North Lancashires in October, at which time he was in the employ of Mr Andrew McNeil, tailor, of Church-street.


His father, Joseph, as his legal next of kin took receipt of the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal in recognition of his late son’s sacrifice.


Photo courtesy of Phil Child

Rank: Private
Service No: 2955
Date of Death: 25/07/1915
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st/4th Bn.

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