Full name and title: Private James MacGregor
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James MacGregor was born on 3 February 1896, the second son of B.F.G. (Frank) MacGregor a "Road Contractor's Superintendent" from Kinfauns, Perthshire, and Mary MacGregor from Wallacetown, Ayrshire. The family home was at 57 Lowden Road, Herne Hill. On 29 March 1896 he was baptised at Camberwell Presbyterian Church.
By the time of the 1901 Census the MacGregors, who kept a female servant, had moved at 20 Fawnbrake Avenue, Herne Hill. On 8 August 1905 James entered Jessop Road School, going on to study at Alleyn's in Dulwich.
James MacGregor joined the 20th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), which was formed at Epsom on 11 September 1914 by the Public Schools and University Men's Force. They landed in France in November 1915 and were transferred to 19th Brigade, 33rd Division.
Private MacGregor was killed in action near Cambrin on 13 February 1916. He is buried at Cambrin Churchyard Cemetery, about 24 kilometres north of Arras and eight kilometres east of Bethune.