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Biographical Dictionary - Coorow, Carnamah, Three Springs



Born 1884 in Shropshire, England [30]
Son of coalminer Richard GREGORY and Rebecca PRESTWOOD [20] [21]
In 1891 was living with his parents at Back Road in Wrockwardine Wood, Shropshire, England [20]
Grocer's Assistant in Shropshire, England in 1901 [20]
In 1901 was living with his parents and siblings Hannah, Enoch and John at Jubilee Row in Wombridge, Shropshire, England [20]
Married Eva BARNSLEY in 1906 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England [21]
General Grocer in the Perth suburb of Wattle Grove, Western Australia in 1916[30]
Enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) in Perth on 6 April 1916 [30: item 4711028]
     Upon enlistment was noted as 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighing 130 lbs., with brown eyes, black hair and a fresh complexion [30]
     After brief training was appointed at Belmont on 17 October 1916 to the 10th Reinforcements of the 32nd Battalion [30]
     Embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia for active service abroad on the H.M.A.T. Port Melbourne on 28 October 1916 [18]
     Disembarked in Devonport, England on 28 December 1916 and after more training proceeded to France on 26 September 1917 [30]
     Private 3999 in the Australian Imperial Force's 43rd Battalion in France during the First World War [30]
     Later promoted from Private to Lance Corporal, to Corporal, to Technical Sergeant, and then to Lance Sergeant [30]
     Gassed in France on 26 May 1918 and after five days treatment away from the field he rejoined his battalion on 31 May 1918 [30]
     Wounded in Action in France on 4 July 1918 and was evacuated to England for treatment to a gunshot wound to his thigh [30]
     Embarked England on the Ulysses on 18 January 1919 and disembarked in Fremantle, Western Australia on 24 February 1919 [30]
     Discharged from the Australian Imperial Force on 10 April 1919; received the British War Medal and the Victory Medal [30]
Farmer in Coorow, Western Australia 1920-1927 [6] [19]
     Purchased one of the Midland Railway Company's Ready Made Farms in Coorow on 21 January 1920 [34]
     The farm was the 698 acre Lot M963 of Victoria Location 2023, which he purchased outright for £1256/8/- [34]
     Around the same time acquired the 40 acre Victoria Location 995, which had previously been owned by Edward M. BLYTHE [44]
Later extended his farm in Coorow to a total of 2,066 acres with two purchases of virgin land from the Midland Railway Company [27]
     On 20 September 1921 purchased the 580 acre Lot M1357 of Victoria Location 2023 for £261.5.6 (9/- per acre) [27]
     On 14 December 1926 purchased the 748 acre Lot M1232 of Victoria Location 2023 for £411.16.3 (11/- per acre) [27]
     Both purchases of land were payable by instalments over 15 years, and he completed paying for them within the 15 years [27]
His 13 year old son has his left hand blown off by the explosion of a detonator in Coorow on 11 February 1922 [10: 17-Feb-1922]
     Took his son to Three Springs for medical attention, where it was concluded the hand would probably have to be amputated [10]
T9Y was his registered horse and cattle firebrand in 1924 [80: 28-Oct-1925]
Sold his 2,066 acre farm in Coorow to William J. LANGDON of Carnamah in October 1927 [9: 21-Oct-1927] [4: 10-Mar-1928]
     Five months later it was reported that he had sold his new farm in Coorow [4: 10-Mar-1928]

Reference:  Carnamah Historical Society & Museum and North Midlands Project, 'Thomas Gregory' in Biographical Dictionary of Coorow, Carnamah and Three Springs, retrieved 13 June 2024 from [reference list]

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