William Mcgregor


William Mcgregor


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

South African Veterinary Corps


Searched but not found


VIII. D. 9.


>He has no inscription on his Headstone.

UK Memorials

Not on the Oxhey memorials

Pre War

William McGregor, born in Durham, Co Durham, in 1870, was the son of James McGregor, (B1831 in Scotland) a road surveyor, and his wife, Alice McGregor, (nee Ground) (B1839 in Wittlesey, Cambs). William, like his father, also became a road surveyor.

1871 Census records William aged 4 months, living with his parents, sister Alice 4, and brother Duncan 2, in Durham, Co Durham. The family had a live-in Domestic Servant.

By 1881 the family were living in Stockley Heugh, Co Durham, William 10, and Duncan 12, were at school, at home was sister Mary 3. His Aunt Mary Ground was also living with the family. They had two live-in Domestic Servants.

1891 Census has William aged 20, living in Stockley Heugh, Co Durham, with his parents, sisters Alice 24, an Assistant Librarian, Helen 13, and Hilda 11, both at school. His Aunt Mary Ground is still living with them and they have one live-in Domestic Servant. William was working as an Assistant Road Surveyor.

No other records for William other than the CWGC were found after 1891, for him or the Family. The CWGC record gives his parents address as, 62, Kingsfield Road, Oxhey, Watford, Herts.

Wartime Service

He served as a Corporal 499 in the South African Veterinary Corps and died of blackwater fever on 26 March 1917 at the age of 46. He was buried in Tulo, Ethiopia, his body was later exhumed in 1924, and reburied in the CWGC Morogoro Cemetery, Tanzania on 3rd December 1924.

After his death, his parents moved to Hertfordshire to 62 Kingsfield Road, Oxhey, Watford, Herts.

Additional Information

Son of James and Alice McGregor, of 62, Kingsfield Rd., Oxhey, Watford, Herts. Born at Durham, England. Information provided with kind permission of Bushey First World War Commemoration Project – Please visit www.busheyworldwarone.org.uk.


Stuart Osborne
Dianne Payne - www.busheyworldwarone.org.uk, Jonty Wild, www.southafricawargraves.org