Topic: Leo Marcus Gregory

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Leo Marcus Gregory was called up for service with the Expeditionary Force Reserves and has links to Manchester Street.

Leo was the son of William Joseph Gregory (butcher/farmer) and Mary Ann Gregory (boarding house keeper).  He was one of seven children: - Joseph 1886, Doris 1895, Kathleen 1893, Gerald 1892, Maurice 1891, and Leicester 1896. 

The family were Roman Catholics and most of the children were baptised at St Mary’s, Christchurch North. The family lived in Bedford Street in Belfast before moving to Hayward Terrace, Christchurch sometime between 1903 & 1905.  By 1911 Mary had a job as a boarding house keeper and the family resided in the Metropolitan Private Hotel at 73 Manchester Street.

In  November 1916 Leo was called up for the Military.  Prior to the call up Leo had been working as the boarding house keeper at 73 Manchester Street.  On the 19 December 1916, Leo appealed to the Military Board for a six month exemption on the grounds of undue hardship.  Leo argued that he ran a farm and his mother’s boarding house.  His exemption for six months was denied and he was given one month to get his affairs in order.

There are no records on Cenotaph, Ancestry, or archway that can confirm military service.

Leo married Ruby Ethel Chamberlian in 1919.  Together they had three children; Noel, Lloyd, and Paul.

Leo continued working as a boarding house keeper, going on to manage the Oxford Hotel. 

He died on 4/4/1980 and is buried at Waimairi Cemetry.

Related Resources (2014)  New Zealand, Cemetery Records, 1800-2007 [database on-line].Provo,UT,USA: Operations, Inc. (2010) New Zealand, City & Area Directories, 1866-1954 [database on-line].Provo,UT,USA: Operations, Inc. (2010)  New Zealand, Electoral Rolls, 1853-1981 [database on-line].Provo,UT,USA: Operations, Inc. (2014) New Zealand, Marriage Index, 1840-1934 [database on-line].Provo,UT,USA: Operations, Inc.

Catholic Diocese of Christchurch. (2014) Baptism Index, V1.3 [Data file],Christchurch,  N.Z.

Christchurch City Council Cemeteries Database

Death Notice.  (1964, March 7). 
The Press., p. 21

New Zealand(1916, 23rd November, Issue 132).  New Zealand Gazette Archive,Wellington, N.Z., Lexis Nexis, p.2666

Kelly, M. J. (Maureen Judith). (1993). Military Board Appeals, Otago Witness, Dec 1916 to Feb 1917. Auckland [N.Z.]: Old News Publications, p.10.

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Leo Marcus Gregory

First Names:Leo Marcus
Last Name:Gregory
Place of Birth:Christchurch