Roll of Honour

2nd Lieutenant

John (Ian) Alexander McGregor


John, known as Ian, Alexander MacGregor was born on 9 February 1893 and was the eldest son of Alexander and Annie MacGregor. His father worked as a gardener and the family lived in Knockgarrie Lodge in Pitlochry, Perthshire. Upon leaving school with the Junior Student’s Certificate, Ian enrolled at the University of Glasgow. He graduated M.A. in 1914, when he also joined the University’s Officer Training Corps. That same year, he applied and was accepted onto a one-year postgraduate teacher training course at the Glasgow Provincial Training College, but war then broke out and he abandoned his studies to enlist as a Private in the 15th Bn. Royal Scots.

Image of Ian Alexander Mcgregor

Ian subsequently received his commission in the 2nd Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers. He was fighting in the Salonika Campaign in Greece when he was officially reported as wounded and missing in action. 2nd Lieutenant Ian Alexander McGregor died on the 10th September 1916, aged 23.

His Colonel wrote:

“He was extremely conscientious in carrying out his duties and commanded his platoon in a very quiet way, which endeared him to his men.”

Another Officer wrote:

“He was brave and true to the last and saw to the safety of his men before thinking of himself.”

2nd Lieutenant Ian Alexander McGregor is buried in the Struma Military Cemetery, 65 kilometres north-east of Thessaloniki, in northern Greece. He is remembered on the Roll of Honour of the Glasgow Provincial Committee for the Training of Teachers, and on the Pitlochry East Church War Memorial.