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John Allen McGregor

Portrait, taken while on active service and sent to his parents. - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, taken while on active service and sent to his parents. - This image may be subject to copy …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Allen AWMM
  • Surname
    McGregor AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jack AWMM
  • Service number
    60160 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 June 1917 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 4 August 1939 AWMM Lancaster Road, Birkdale, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr G.C. McGregor (father), Lancaster Road, Birkdale, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 01 Apr 1941-30 June 1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Ngaruwahia AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 4 August 1939 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    Soldier/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Heart attack AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Rita

    Jack McGregor was a member of the Silverdale and Districts RSA and was Patron at his time of death. He was the proud holder of 'Life Membership' 1998-NZRSA, Special Honours List 1991 and a 'Certificate of Merit Award' 1994. He was also Custodian of the Silverdale RSA Museum

    Jack was a volunteer and organised the roster for the Silverdale RSA members who help host the 'Scars of the Heart' exhibition at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

    His wife, Rita McGregor recalls the day of his death: "April 17th the day of my husbands death was Friday, Poppy Day. He had been active all day since 8.30am organising and supervising the many collectors on the Hibiscus Coast until 5 pm when he reported having chest pains and was admitted for tests and discharged at 11.30pm that same night only to collapse and die as we were leaving the North Shore Hospital foyer. One could say he had died on 'active service' as he was truly dedicated to the welfare of his comrades and had in fact served as Silverdale RSA Welfare Officer just prior to his death." AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 April 1998 AWMM
    Age 80 AWMM
    TakapunaNorth Shore City AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 18 April 1998. McGregor, John Allen (Jack) (Regti No 60160, Warrant Officer, 14th LAA, World War II). On April 17, 1998 (suddenly), at North Shore Hospital, dearly loved husband of Rita, much loved father and father-in-law of Janet and Johnson, Margaret and Wayne, John and Rachel, and Garry, loved poppie of 11 grandchildren. A service will be held at the RSA Club Rooms, Vipond Rd, Whangaparaoa, today (Tuesday), at 10am, followed by private cremation. Own garden blooms preferred. Communications to 9 Birdie Place, Red Beach, Orewa. Murray Brown Funeral Home, Orewa, FDANZ.

    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 18 April 1998. McGregor, John Allen (Jack). Love brother and brother-in-law of Bob and Joyce McGregor (Elmwood Village, Manurewa), and sadly missed uncle of Judy and Mary.

    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 18 April 1998. McGregor, John Allen (Jack). On Friday April 17, 1998 (suddenly). Who would have thought the day would end like this, it was a real 'Poppy' Day on more ways than one. All our love Margaret, Wayne, Melissa and Paulette. AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Silverdale & Districts RSA, Memorial Wall Plaque AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 4: WW2 220 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 18 April 1998. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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