A Canadian Memorial Cross of Cpt.McGregor; Military Cross
A Canadian Memorial Cross of Cpt.McGregor; Military Cross - ERII (CAPT. M.M. McGREGOR MC). Naming is officially engraved. Very crisp detail, dark patina, extremely fine. In its hardshelled case of issue, case very fine. Accompanied by a CD containing thirty-eight pages with copies of his IndexCards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Medical Histories of an Invaild, Discharge Certificate and X-Rays. Footnote: Malcolm MacAdam McGregor was born on October 21, 1891 in Brandon, Manitoba. He signed his CEF Attestation Paper with the 5th Infantry Battalion "Western Canadian Cavalry" on September 19, 1914 at Valcartier Camp, Quebec, naming John David McGregor as his next-of-kin, stating that he had previous military service with the 12th Manitoba Dragoons (with whom he had enlisted on August 12, 1914 and was transferred to the 5th Battlaion on September 3rd), that he was not married and that his trade was that of Bank Clerk. Another medical form states his trade as Real Estate. The Battalion was raised in Western Canada with mobilization headquarters at Camp Valcartier under the authority of P.C.O. 2067, August 6, 1914. The Battalion sailed October 3, 1914, with a strength of forty-five officers and 1,095 other ranks under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel G.S. Tuxford. McGregor arrived in St. Nagavie, France on February 9, 1915. While in the the French theatre, he was promoted from Lance Corporal to Corporal on March 27, 1915, appointed Lance Sergeant on May 16th, then promoted to Sergeant on May 26th, in addition to attending Cadet School on July 27th. McGregor was granted temporary command and transferred to the 4th Battalion on August 23rd, then named temporary Lieutenant on August 29th and cited as such in the London Gazette on September 11, 1915. He was transferred back to the 5th Battalion on October 16th. The following year, Lieutenant McGregor of the 5th Battalion suffered a gun shot (shrapnel) wound to his left thigh while in the Ypres Salient, on June 6, 1916. He was initially treated at No. 24 General Etaples, then invalided via hospital ship to England on June 11th with "considerable contraction and depression of gluteal muscles", seeking treatment at Royal Free Hospital, Gray's Inn Road. A Medical Report dated July 10, 1916 stated "The Board finds that this Officer received a shrapnel wound (casing) of left thigh. Wound 3" x 1/2" above 4" above external condyle of left femur. Sent to No. 24 General Etaples and transferred to Royal Free Hospital on 12th June, 1916. Wound is nearly healed. X-Rays show a piece of shrapnel above apex of Popliteal space at back of left thigh." He was discharged from hospital after five weeks' treatment, on July 11, 1916. Lieutenant McGregor was awarded the Military Cross on January 1, 1917, as cited in the London Gazette. It is worthy to note that no citation is available as it was awarded on New Years' Day. Seldom do Birthday and New Years' awards have citations. They are generally for the men, not in action but for their work leading up to events and not for any particular day but overall good work. He was named temporary Captain on February 19, 1917, attended Army School from February 28th to April 5th, at which he was named Captain on March 19th. McGregor was wounded again, this time at Arleux-en-Gohelle, France by a "High Explosive Shell" on April 28, 1917, suffering a gun shot wound to his left buttock and right shoulder. He was listed as "dangerously ill" at No. 7 Stat Hospital at Boulogne on April 30th, then invalided to England, where he was admitted to 4th London Hospital, Denmark Hill, London S.E. on May 18, 1917. He was later transferred to Granville Canadian Special Hospital, Ramsgate on August 20th and discharged on September 10th. After his hospital discharge, he was attached to 2nd Canadian Convalescent Depot, then to 1st C.C.D. from August to November 1917. It was at this time a decision was made on his medical condition. In a British Medical Board Report dated November 12, 1917, it stated "Boarded 10-9-17 (September 10, 1917) returns from leave. There is some discharge from the wound on the buttock, he states several pieces of bone have come away since last board. The wound requires frequent dressing. General condition good, sleeps well, is nervous, he is slightly lame from loss of muscle left buttock. The Board Recommends he be Invalided to Canada" with additional notes indicating "Fit For Home Service: NO - four months" and "Fit For Light Duty at Home: NO - three months". McGregor was invalided to Canada, sailing from Liverpool, England aboard the S.S. Justicia on December 7, 1917. He had already spent three weeks in hospital in France and an additional twenty-nine weeks in hospital in England before returning to Manitoba. He was initially treated in Canada at Brandon, Manitoba. In his Medical History of An Invalid, dated January 10, 1918 at Brandon, Manitoba, it stated "Large supporting sinus in left hip. Loss of considerable substance of the gluteus maximus and under lying muscles. Sinus extends down the pelvis, 6" in depth. Schrapnel (sic) still present in the wound. Patient is somewhat nervous and excitable and does not sleep well. Has considerable pain in region of wound along left arm and both legs. Walks with a limp." In another Medical History of An Invalid, dated May 28, 1918 at Winnipeg, it stated "There is a large X shaped scar on (his) left buttock with a discharging sinus in the the centre of the cross, this sinus discharges blood and matter and at intervals pieces of bone; the sinus is dressed daily." and that he was "To Be Reboarded" (stamped July 28, 1918) and to receive "continued surgical treatment", stamped "Approved June 22, 1918". McGregor was taken on strength at the Manitoba Military Hospital on June 26, 1918. He was later admitted to Deer Lodge Officers Hospital, where it was noted that he "Has pain in left leg extending down thigh and leg and into the ankle when he has been up on his feet too much, or by doing too much walking." It goes on to state that "Pain is more marked in buttock and along lower part of spine, being aggravated at this seat by and bending exercises, sitting too long in a chair, wearing anything tight as a belt, or by walking as above mentioned. Has myalgic pain radiating up left side, into left shoulder and arm, and up left side of neck and head. Walks with slight limp.". By October 1st, he had seen a "marked improvement" with his "sinus healed.", thanks to corrective surgery, with massage aiding in the healing process. He was transferred to No. 10 District Depot at Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 25, 1918 and discharged three months later, struck off strength on February 18, 1919 "by reason of being medically unifit". McGregor later married Muriel McGregor. He died on December 18, 1956, his service with the 5th and 4th Infantry Battalions entailing: Canada (August 1914 to October 1914), England (October 1914 to February 1915), France (February 1915 to May 1917), England (May 1917 to December 1917) and Canada (December 1917 to February 1919). A new Memorial Cross (ER version) was issued to his widow, Mrs. Muriel McGregor of Brandon, Manitoba on March 13, 1957. McGregor's mother had predeceased him in July 1950.