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STEPHEN  BARNES GREGORY

William Lee's Commanding Officer during the Siege of  Kut

 

From the day of Stephen's birth in 1895, Alfred Gregory added the words "& Son" to the name of the publishing company he ran alongside his newspaper, "The Tiverton Gazette". This company published a number of useful books about local topics and a handy-sized Business and Residential Directory covering the Tiverton area. Today, these publications are to be found in libraries throughout Devon. After Stephen's death in 1916, the words "& Son" continued to appear on all publications of the firm.

 

STEPHEN BARNES GREGORY

"Lieutenant 4th (Territorial) Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Only son of Alfred Thomas Gregory, JP, Mayor of Tiverton 1911 to 1917 and Proprietor and Editor of The Tiverton Gazette, by his wife, Ada, daughter of James Barnes, JP. Born in Tiverton, Devon 17 February 1895; educated at Blundell's School there, then  The Leys School, Cambridge and Clare College, Cambridge (Scholarship in Law 1914); was in the Officer's Training Corps at The Leys, and in the Shooting VIII. Entered at Clare College in  1913; passed the First Division Law Examination, May 1914. Joined the Territorial Force as 2nd Lieutenant October 1913; gazetted Lieutenant, 4th Devonshire Regiment 12 November 1914. Went to India with his battalion the following December, thence to Mesopotamia in August 1915. In command of a draft of 40 picked men to reinforce the Royal West Kent Regiment; was with the besieged force in Kut-el-Amara 2 December 1915 to 29 April 1916. On the surrender of the garrison became a prisoner of war, being marched to Mosul, Mesopotamia where he died of enteritis 3 June 1916. Unmarried."

 

Application for Stephen Gregory's 1914-1915 Star

A claim made by Alfred Gregory  in 1919 on behalf of his late son for the award of the 1914-1915 Star.

 

Note the use of the rank of "Major" by Alfred Gregory in this important communication to the War Office. No record has yet been found but it seems likely that this was an honorary rank bestowed on him for volunteer services with a Territorial Battalion such as the Rifle Volunteers or the 4th Devons.

 

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