Tracing Gregory family history
January 29, 2011
Dear Mac Gregory,
A friend has just given me an article from the Seniors News featuring your naval history.
My reason for contacting you is that you may be able to assist me in my research into tracing our Gregory family history, past and present.
We have, to my present knowledge, three different family lines, one is from northern Ireland, one from Scotland and the other from London.
Our family came to Australia in 1852 from Ireland, via Plymouth to Geelong and then to Gippsland.
I would be interested to know whether our families are connected in any way, and i would be happy to discuss further on this matter.
My Mother and Father were both English, from Essex.
After serving in WW1 in the Second Dragoon Guards, Queen's Bays in both France and Belgium, my Father was an Old Contemptible, Dad joined the Royal Australian Navy in London in 1919, and came to Australia in the J Class submarine, J2 ( one of 6 J Class gifted by the Royal Navy to the RAN) being towed all the way by the
My Mother's brother Arthur Mackenzie Greening ( from whom I was given the christian name of Mackenzie ) lived in Adelaide with a large number of my cousins, he had come to Australia as a Gunner from the Royal Navy,
I joined the Royal Australian Naval College in January 1936 as one of twelve Cadet Midshipmen, went to sea in August 1939 as a 17 year old, and served at sea or overseas for the 6 years of WW2. Was sunk in the heavy cruiser HMAS Canberra, at the Battle of Savo Island in the Solomons by the Japanese Navy on August 9, 1942, being on her bridge as Officer of the Watch when that battle commenced.
Finished the war in HMAS Shropshire, to be in Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender on Sunday September 2, 1945.
Married Gladys Anne Poulton in Melbourne on December 22, 1945.
Post war qualified as the first Torpedo Anti-Submarine Specialist Officer in the RAN at RN schools over 1947/8.
Resigned as a Lieutenant Commander RAN in 1954 for personal reasons (our first born child a girl, Gladys Nan died from meningitis at only a month old ) Now have three daughters, Jayne, Anne and Sue and a son Raymond ( 50 last December )
Served as Aide-de Camp to His Excellency the Governor General of Australia over 1950/1953.
In November last I was awarded the Shrine of Remembrance Medal for 2010.
David, I guess I have waffled on long enough.