Gregg, Samuel John (No. 18/446)

Gregg, Samuel John (Samuel)

Lance Corporal

No. 18/446, 10th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Died of wounds on 29 May 1917 (aged 41)

Buried:

Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), France (Grave III. B. 189)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s)

BIOGRAPHY

Samuel John Gregg was born on 31 August 1875 in the townland of Ballynabragget, Donacloney and he was a son of Allen and Rebecca Gregg (nee Dowds) who came to live in Newtownards.

Prior to the outbreak of the Great War Samuel John Gregg worked as a tailor.

Samuel John Gregg and Margaret (Maggie) McFerran were married on 25 December 1895 in St Matthew’s Church of Ireland Church Belfast.  Samuel John Gregg from 13 Westmoreland Street, Belfast was a son of Allen Gregg, a weaver.  Maggie McFerran from 5 Lower Mary Street, Newtownards was a daughter of William McFerran, a dealer.

Samuel John and Maggie Gregg (nee McFerran) had at least two sons:

Alexander (born 5 March 1896 at 13 Westmoreland Street, Belfast)

William McFerran (born 28 October 1907 in East Street, Newtownards)

The Gregg family lived at 17 East Street, Newtownards and Samuel’s son Alexander worked as a hairdresser.

Samuel John Gregg served with the 10th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles in 107th Brigade of the 36th (Ulster) Division and he was 41 when he died of wounds on 29 May 1917.  He was buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension (Nord), France and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

DEEPLY REGRETTED

Alexander Gregg was 21 and William Gregg was nine when their father died.

Lance Corporal Samuel Gregg is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).