Topic: Leicester Oswald Gregory

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

Leicester was the son of William Joseph Gregory (butcher/farmer) and Mary Ann Gregory (boarding horse keeper).  He was one of seven children: - Leo 1888, Joseph 1886, Doris 1895, Kathleen 1893, Gerald 1892 and Maurice 1891.  

The family were Roman Catholics and most of the children were baptised at St Mary’s, Christchurch North. The family lived in Bedford Street, 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. 

Leicester was called up for service in July 1917.  He was working as an electrician and living at 73 Manchester Street. 

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

In 1920, Leicester travelled to Canada en route to England.  Upon his return to New Zealand he moved to Dannieverk.  In 1928 Leicester married Margaret (Maggie) Peterana.  They had two children Glenda and Mac.

In December 1942 Leicester appears in the WW11 Ballot list. 

Leicester, Margaret and daughter Glenda are all buried in the same plot at Wharerangi Cemetery. 

Related Resources (2009) Canada, Ocean Arrivals (Form 30A), 1919-1924 [database on-line].Provo,UT,USA: Operations, Inc. (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. (2014) New Zealand, World War II Ballot Lists, 1940-1945 [database on-line].Provo,UT,USA: Operations, Inc.

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

City of Napier Cemetery Database – Leicester Oswald Gregory

New Zealand(1917, 4th June, Issue 110).  New Zealand Gazette Archive,Wellington, N.Z., Lexis Nexis, p.2666 


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Leicester Oswald Gregory

First Names:Leicester Oswald
Last Name:Gregory
Place of Birth:Christchurch