Philip Arthur MacGregor

Philip Arthur MacGregor was born 26 February 1877. He entered the Army as Second Lieutenant, Coldstream Guards, 8 September 1897, and was promoted Lieutenant 1 February 1899. He served in the South African War from 1899-1900, taking part in the advance on Kimberley, including actions at Belmont, Enslin, Modder River and Magersfontein; during operations in the Orange Free State, February to May 1900, including actions at Poplar Grove, Driefontein. Vet River (5 and 6 May) and Zand River; was present during the operations in the Transvaal in May and June 1900, including actions near Johannesburg, Pretoria and Diamond Hill (11 and 12 June); during operations in the Transvaal, east of Pretoria, July to 29 November 1900, including operations at Belfast (26 and 27 August), and operations in the Orange River Colony, November 1900. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 10 September. 1901]: received the Queen's Medal with six clasps, and was created a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order [London Gazette, 27 September 1901]. He served during operations in West Africa, 1901 (Northern Nigeria), against the forces of Bida, taking part in the operations against the Emir of Gola, as Intelligence Officer. He was mentioned in Despatches [London Gazette, 18 April 1902], and received Medal with clasp. He was promoted Captain 11 November 1905, and became Major 29 November 1913.

He served during the Great War, 1914 to 1919, and was given the Brevet of Lieutenant Colonel 1 January 1916. He was twice mentioned in Despatches, and retired from the Army 4 April 1919. Lieutenant Colonel Macgregor married, in 1904, Kathleen, daughter of Major General Alexander C U Stewart, 2nd Life Guards.


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