John Robert Francis Gregan
John Robert Francis Gregan (1898-1918).
John R. F. Gregan was born in 1898 in Evansford, Victoria, to Thomas Regan (1866-1934) and Catherine Mary Cecilia Regan (nee McCarthy) (1869-1914). They were a Roman Catholic family. John had an older brother Thomas Richard Gregan (1895-1932) and a younger sister Kathleen Mary Cecelia Gregan (1903-1979) and younger brother Leonard Patrick Gregan (known affectionately as 'Leo') (1906-1937).
On 23 March 1916 he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force under the assumed name of John Robert Francis Regan at the age of 19, because he couldn't gain his father's permission. World War One service number 1783. On his enlistment papers he is listed as a 'laborer'. He was 5 feet 7 1/4 inches tall, weighed 125 pounds, with grey eyes, brown hair and a fresh complexion.
Sapper John Robert Frances Gregan died on 5 October 1918 at the 12th Casualty Clearing Centre, of complications from gunshot wounds to the chest received at the advance on Montbrehain. He is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery (Plot VI, Row H, Grave No. 25), France.
His name appears at the Australian National War Memorial on panel number 172 of the Roll of Honour.
National Archives records of World War One service - http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=8026806&S=1
--Beth Kicinski 09:34, 23 August 2013 (EST)