William Gregor

Male 1888 - 1980  (92 years)


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  • Name William Gregor 
    Born 5 Jun 1888  Memsie Near Fraserburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 22 Aug 1888  Fraserburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Christening recorded as an endorsement on William's Birth Certificate. Minister Michael P Johnstone of Fraserburgh
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Joiner 
    Reference Number WB12..S 
    Died 9 Nov 1980  Tawa, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 11 Nov 1980  Clareville Cemetery, Clareville, Carterton, Carterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Clareville Cemetery Register entry
    Clareville Cemetery Register entry
    Plot: 754
    Clareville Cemetery Headstone William and Rose Gregor
    Clareville Cemetery Headstone William and Rose Gregor
    Notes 
    • William Gregor was born on 5 JUN 1888 in Memsie near Fraserburgh, Scotland.

      He served an apprenticeship as a carpenter and joiner in his father's shop in Memsie, which still exists (1996), as does the family home. See photos. The shop must have been a well equipped one in its day, for a country business.

      As well as the usual woodworking machinery, there was a machine for boring tree trunks for water pumps, and for manufacture and repair of wagon wheels. The machinery was powered by a paraffin (kerosene) engine, with "hot bulb" ignition. The engine would be started each morning with a blowlamp, and would run all day. They were also the local undertakers. Early memories he spoke of included the building of the Forth Bridge and the construction of the first intercontinental radio station in Britain, which was near Memsie and was supervised by Marconi.

      He joined the Gordon Highlanders Volunteers, and recalled weekend shoots on the rifle range and with a horse drawn Lewis Heavy Machinegun. Leam Graham has his Regimental kilt. On completion of his apprenticeship, (probably about 1903) he moved to Glasgow, where his brother Andrew was serving in the Govan Police. He did jobbing carpentering work, 44 hours a week, for which he was paid pounds 2-0-6d per week.

      In 1912 he emigrated to New Zealand in the NZS Co steamship Turakina, the same ship his brother Andrew had already travelled to NZ in. On arrival he went to live with Andrew, his wife and two baby daughters in the No 2 Police Station in Carterton, in Richmond Rd. behind the Anglican Church.

      In 1915 he volunteered for war service, but was turned down medically unfit, due to an old knee injury. The following year he made a second attempt, and went to a Greytown doctor for his medical, and was accepted. There was a lot of pressure on young men to serve in the army in WW1. He was attested on 23 Oct 1916 and went into Featherston Camp on 2 Jan 1917, as did Archie Wyeth, #440. They immediately become friends, and when volunteers were called for a few days later for the N.Z. Rifle Brigade, they both volunteered. On 21 Jan 1917 they moved to Trentham camp (by Route March) to join B Coy.,4th Battalion N.Z.R.B. On 10 Mar 1917 they embarked on a troopship, identity not known, for England. On 29 April 1917 they arrived in 'Sling Camp' on 29 April.

      Alex Gregor
    Person ID I629  Frost Family
    Last Modified 20 Apr 2014 

    Father Alexander Gregor,   b. 4 Feb 1847, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1912, New Aberdour, Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Davidson,   b. 18 May 1849, Rathen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1929, New Aberdour, Aberdeen, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 21 Jun 1873  Rathen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F191  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Lila Elizabeth Mary Wyeth,   b. 22 Mar 1899, Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1925, Carterton, Carterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years) 
    Married 8 Feb 1922  Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gregor Wyeth Wedding 1922
    Gregor Wyeth Wedding 1922
    Children 
    +1. H. Gregor
     2. Son Gregor,   b. 14 Nov 1925,   d. 14 Nov 1925  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2017 
    Family ID F192  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Flora Rose Wyeth,   b. 26 Jan 1899, Woodlands, Southland, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1986, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 12 Jun 1929  Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Original Marriage Certificate. Place:- Home of Mrs Phillips, 166 Tay St.,Invercargill. Witnesses A.B. Swale and R.R. Shirreffs. Minister Wm. Tanner, Presbyterian.
    Children 
    +1. A.W. Gregor
    +2. E.A. Gregor
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2017 
    Family ID F193  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 8 Feb 1922 - Masterton, Masterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Jun 1929 - Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Nov 1980 - Tawa, Wellington City, Wellington, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 11 Nov 1980 - Clareville Cemetery, Clareville, Carterton, Carterton District, Wellington, New Zealand Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S15527] Birth Certificate entry.

    2. [S83] Cemetery Records, Carterton District Council (Reliability: 3), 11 Nov 1980.

    3. [S293] BDM NZ Historical Records, (http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.identityservices.govt.nz/home/), 1922/3152 (Reliability: 3), 8 Feb 1922.
      Lila Elizabeth Mary Wyeth
      William Gregor

    4. [S293] BDM NZ Historical Records, (http://www.bdmhistoricalrecords.identityservices.govt.nz/home/), 1929/3919 (Reliability: 3), 12 Jun 1929.
      Flora Rose Wyeth
      William Gregor