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Douglas Alfred Gregory

Panel 4: Royal New Zealand Navy - Engine Room Artificers Fourth Class Nalder - Sturgeon, Stoker Petty Officers, Leading Stokers, Stokers First Class, Stokers Second Class Burton - Morton (digital photo John Halpin 2011) - CC BY John Halpin

Panel 4: Royal New Zealand Navy - Engine Room Artificers Fourth Class Nalder - Sturgeon, Stoker Pett …


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    Douglas Alfred AWMM
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    Gregory AWMM
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    • 1494 AWMM
    • WWII NZD1494 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

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  • Douglas Gregory was the son of Edmund John and Agnes Gregory (nee Gordon) of Manly, Auckland. He died when his ship, HMS Neptune, hit several mines in the sea off Tripoli and sank.

    132 New Zealand ratings went missing as a result of the loss of H.M.S. Neptune. HMS Neptune was launched at Portsmouth on 31 January 1933. She was one of five 'Leander' class light cruisers completed between 1933 and 1935. Two others were HMS Achilles and Leander serving in the RNZN. They displaced 7,200 tons, could make 32 knots and carried eight 6 inch guns and 550 crew. The Neptune was in the Mediterranean from 1 December 1941 as part of Force K which was searching for Axis shipping, especially those taking supplies to Rommel in North Africa. Early on the 19th the ships of Force K ran into a minefield.The Neptune hit three or four mines and sank with only one survivor. At the same time the Aurora was badly damaged and Penelope slightly.Trying to reach Neptune to assist, the destroyer Kandahar was mined and had to be scuttled the following day. On the same day in Alexandria harbour the Queen Elizabeth with Admiral Cunningham on board and the Valiant were both badly damaged and sank.The Mediterranean Fleet battle squadron ceased to exist. Of the total crew of 766 there was only one survivor.He was rescued off a raft five days later by an Italian destroyer and spent the rest of the war in a prisoner of war camp. AWMM
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    19 December 1941 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    Mediterranean AWMM
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      (Pet- Press Association.) WELLINGTON, this day.
      The following naval casualty list was issued last evening. The rank is able seaman unless otherwise stated and the address given is that of the next-of-kin. All the men are posted as missing:— Those from the Gisborne district were:
      Gregory, Stoker (First Class) Douglas Alfred. Mother, Mrs. A. Gregory, Gisborne.
      Heeney, Acting Engine-room Artificer Arthur John. Father, Mr. J. H. Heeney, Gisborne.
      McKinnon, Supply Assistant Philip Bruce. Mother, Mrs. E. McKinnon, Wairoa. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 4 July 2023 - LOSSES AT SEA
    • First-Class, Stoker Douglas Gregory, who is among the large number of Ne\y Zealand naval ratings recently reported missing, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Gregory, Whatatutu. He was educated at Whatatutu, and later worked for Messrs. J. S. Allan and Son, Gisborne. He joined the New Zealand Navy in 1937, and served in H.M.S. Achilles, being on that cruiser during the River Plate engagement which ended in the defeat of the Graf Spee. Subsequently he was transferred to the Imperial section of the navy, and was posted to a cruiser. He is a keen footballer, and played for Marist in the Poverty Bay Rugby Union’s competitions. Since joining the navy he has represented different' vessels in which he has served Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 24 July 2023 - GISBORNE HERALD, VOLUME LXIX, ISSUE 20653, 2 JANUARY 1942, PAGE 2
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    • New Zealand Naval Memorial, Devonport Naval Base, HMNZS Philomel, Devonport, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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24 July 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher
24 September 2015Loraine MGisborne, NZResearcher

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