John William Gregg was the son of John William Gregg and Henrietta Gregg (nee Jones). His parents were married in 1895 at St.Athanasius' C.of E. Church, Kirkdale.
 
John William was born December quarter 1898 in West Derby Registration district 
 
1901 Census: 30 Neston Street, Walton on Hill - Parents with George and John William 
 
1911 Census: 125 Hornby Road, Bootle - Parents with George, John William, Alfred, Edward, Harold and Ernest  
 
The family were still living at this address after war.
 
His service records show that he joined the Territorials on 22nd May 1916, he was a clerk and C.of E. and was aged 17 years 6 months. He was mobilised on 16th February 1917 and posted to the Welsh Regiment, Greatt Yarmouth on 1st November 1917.
 
On 21st January 1918 he joined the 9th Battalion and was sent to the unit in Rouen on 19th February 1918 in the field. He died of wounds on 27th February 1918   
 
He was previously in the 63T Reserve Battalion and 50T Reserve Battalion service numbers 25102 and 4/26103. 
 
His siblings still alive on 31st October 1919 were Alfred, Edward and Harold as were both his parents. 
 
 
A report on his death appeared in the Bootle Times on the 12th April 1918. His photo appeared in the report and is reproduced here with the kind permission of the Liverpool Daily Post & Echo.
 
their second son
bootle parents war sacrifice
 
     Information has been received by Mr. & Mrs. J. W. Gregg of 125 Hornby Road, Bootle, that their second son, Private John William Gregg, Welsh Regiment died on February 27th from wounds received in action on the previous day.  His elder brother Gunner George Gregg, R.F.A. was killed in action seven months ago. Private Gregg who was 19 years of age was a clerk in the employ of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board before joining the Army.  He was educated at Linacre School and was a member of the school football team. 
     It appears from a letter sent to the parents by Private J. C. Jackson, that their son was one of a working party which was returning under shellfire, and was mortally wounded whilst bandaging a wounded comrade.  Private Jackson say says “You have lost a good son and I have lost a good mate.  I offer you, on behalf of his comrades and myself, our sincere sympathy.  He was well liked by both officers and men and we will all miss him”  Messages of sympathy have also been received from the King and Queen, The Army Council and the deceased’s commanding officer
 
His brother George Gregg also died of wounds on 22nd July 1917 whilst serving with the R.F.A. ‘D’ Battery and is commemorated on this site.