This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
William Robertson Macgregor
- Date of enlistment: September 1914
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 200423
- Rank: Private
- Regiment/Service: Black Watch
- Unit/Ship: 8th Battalion
- Place of Death: Belgium
- Age at Death: 29
- Date of Death: 03.10.1918
- Burial Country: Belgium
- Cemetery: Beveren-Ijzer Churchyard
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Grave 20
- Date of Birth:
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Occupation: J & A. D. Grimmond, Dundee
D. S. Macgregor, 4 Sibbald St, Dundee
Joan Macgregor, 27 Viewpark Ave, Glasgow
David, born 22.04.1913, Elizabeth, born 13.02.1915 & William, born 19.06.1918
More about William Robertson Macgregor
The steady flow of news concerning the action on 9 May 1915 continued to appear in Dundee newspapers, with the men of Dundee’s Own recounting their experiences.
WOUNDED IN THE BACK. PRIVATE W. R. MACGREGOR. To the list of members of the 4th Black Watch wounded on the 9th May has to be added the name of Private W. R. MacGregor, son of Mr D. S. MacGregor, 4 Sibbald St., Dundee. Private MacGregor is now in Bevan Hospital, Sandgate, Kent.
Writing home from hospital to his parents under date 25th May, Private MacGregor states: – “I have not been able to write much, but you will see by the address that I am now in England. I got a nasty wound in the back with shrapnel on the 9th of May. That was a terrible fight. I had to crawl out of the trench myself, and was in hospital at Boulogne for four days, but am getting on all right now, although my back is a little sore. We get very good treatment here.”
Previous to the war Private MacGregor was employed with Messrs J. & A. D. Grimond. The Courier, Friday, 28 May 1915, 6.
William R. Macgregor 200423 Black Watch
Pte. William R. Macgregor, Black Watch, who was the only son of Mr and Mrs D. S. Macgregor, 4 Sibbald Street, Dundee, has died of wounds. He was 29 years of age, and enlisted in September, 1914, proceeding to the front four years ago. Private Macgregor was three times previously wounded. Before the war he was employed in the carpet factory of J. & A. D. Grimond. He leaves a widow and three children, who reside in Glasgow.
Dundee Courier 24th October 1918
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