Ernest Gregory (1894–1918)


Royal Scots Fusiliers 201342 1/5th Battalion

Photo courtesy Beatrice Phillips

Ernest Gregory in WW1


Ernest was born in Matlock in about 1895 and worked as a cab driver. He had a brother Ezra who was also killed in the war, and he is on Matlock Roll of Honour. Ernest was killed on 1st October 1918 and is buried at Anneux British Cemetery.

Ernest Gregory married Beatrice Murden in the March quarter of 1915 in the Belper reigistration district. They had two daughters: Doris (b.1915) and Connie (b.1916).

Ernest Gregory and family in 1917

Ernest with wife Beatrice and daughters Doris and Connie taken in 1917

Seat plaque at Coddington
On a seat at Coddington overlooking the valley towards Holloway (one of the most beautiful views in England) is this plaque – E.G. is believed to be Ernest Gregory and J.G. to be John Gough, who is also on the Roll of Honour.

1918 Crich voters
Ernest Gregory, Crich Carr; absent on military service.

Newspaper Report

Belper News 15 June 1934
The funeral took place on Saturday, at Crich Parish Churchyard, of Mrs Beatrice Gregory (40)of Crich Carr, widow of Mr Ernest Gregory who was killed in the war.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Name Gregory
Initials E
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service Royal ScotsFusiliers
Unit 1st/5th Bn
Date of Death 01/10/18
Service No 201342
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference IV.D.33

War graves certificate for Ernest Gregory in WW1

Soldiers' Effects Book
Ernest Gregory; 1/5th Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers; Private 201342; killed in action France 1.10.18; War Gratuity £14; paid out o:
3.4.19 widow Beatrice£10 18s 11d
6.5.19 widow Beatrice £21 17s 8d for children


1901: Matlock Bank

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Ezra Gregory Head 43 Cab driver Sheffield
Charlotte Gregory wife 45   Bonsall
Mary L Gregory daughter 19   Darley
Ezra Gregory son 15   Darley
Annie Gregory daughter 13   Darley
Willie Gregory son 11   Darley
Tom Gregory son 9   Matlock
Ernest Gregory son 6   Matlock
Charles Gregory son 2   Matlock

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1911: Limetree Road, Matlock

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Ezra Gregory Head 53 General labourer Sheffield
Charlotte Gregory wife 55   Matlock
Ezra Gregory son 25 General labourer Darley
Annie Gregory daughter 23 General servant domestic Darley
William Gregory son 21 Shoeing Smith Darley
Thomas Gregory son 19 Mill Hand Darley
Ernest Gregory son 16 Cab driver Matlock
Charles Gregory son 12 School Matlock

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