John was born at Riddell, VIC in 1886 to John McGregor and Sarah Jane McCormick. In 1909 John married Ellen Grace Browne and they had at least two children born in Bacchus Marsh, Royce 1910 and Mona 1915. John's sister, Sarah was married to John William Allan who is also remembered in the Avenue.
John was a storekeeper when he enlisted at Bacchus Marsh, in the AIF, on the 14th of March 1916, aged almost 30. He embarked aboard the HMAT A32 Themistocles with the 19th Reinforcements, 5th Battalion in July, disembarking at Plymouth, England in September.
Shortly after disembarking John transferred to the 38th Battalion before proceeding to France in November 1916. In June 1917 John was wounded in action - gunshot wound to the head - and invalided back to England where he was admitted to the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley. After four weeks he was transferred to the 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford and discharged to two weeks furlough in September.
There is no further record of him until he embarked for Australia aboard the Orsova in January 1919, returning to Australia in late February and was discharged from the AIF in April.
John was living in Elsternwick, VIC in 1941 and in 1955 he died at Heidelberg, VIC, aged 68.
He is listed on the Shire of Bacchus Marsh Roll of Honour, the Bacchus Marsh & District Roll of Honour and the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour.
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