William Arthur Gregory (1895 - 1916)

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William Arthur Gregory
1895 - 1916
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c. 1895
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July 3, 1916
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William Arthur Gregory was born c. 1895. He died on July 3, 1916 at age 21.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Service number: g/635 Rank: Lance Corporal Regiment: Queen's Own (royal West Kent Regiment) Unit/ship/squadron: 6th Bn.
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William Arthur Gregory died on July 3, 1916 at 21 years of age. He was buried in Thiepval Memorial Pier And Face 11 C., France. He was born c. 1895. There is no information about William's immediate family.

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In 1895, in the year that William Arthur Gregory was born, on March 15th, in County Tipperary, Ireland, Michael Cleary killed his wife of 8 years, Bridget, and burned her body. His defense was that his "wife" was a changeling that was left in his real wife's place when she was abducted by fairies. He was nonetheless convicted and imprisoned for manslaughter. He spent 15 years in prison.

In 1900, he was just 5 years old when the U.S. helped put down Boxer Rebellion. The Boxer Rebellion took place in China, where the presence of "outsiders" (foreigners) was resented. The United States, along with Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and Russia, had business interests in China and these countries all sent troops to put down the Rebellion and keep China open to their presence and to Christian missionaries.

In 1904, William was merely 9 years old when the United States acquired the Panama Canal Zone. Now an unincorporated territory of the U.S., the Canal Zone had been previously held by the French, who were constructing a canal. The U.S. took over the construction of the Panama Canal and it was finally finished in 1914, when it was opened to commercial shipping. The United States held the Canal Zone until 1979.

In 1916, in the year of William Arthur Gregory's passing, the Battle of Verdun was fought from February through December. It was the largest and longest battle of World War I, lasting 303 days. The original estimates were 714,231 casualties - 377,231 French and 337,000 German, an average of 70,000 casualties a month. Current estimates are even larger. The Battle of the Somme was also fought from July through September of the same year. Original estimates were 485,000 British and French casualties and 630,000 German casualties.

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