John MacGregor was born and
educated in Nairn, Scotland. At age 20 he emigrated to Canada and by 1915 was trapping in the north
of B.C. when a passing ranger told him Canada was at war. Although it was mid-winter. he trekked
for five days through the bush to enlist.
The book has entailed extensive interviews with John's
contemporaries in both wars. Deep research into the events surrounding the award of the V.C. reveal
how regiments working together used different maps of the battlefield and crossed each others paths.
This biography, written by elder son, James MacGregor, traces John's life, beliefs, and his finding he
was able to command men.
The book tells of John's battles at Vimy, Hill 70, and Cambrai and of
how he rose from private to captain with more awards for valour than any other Canadian soldier
in all our history; In 1919 John left the army and worked as fisherman, carpenter, mason, and
millwright, made a historic 1929 dash to attend the Prince of Wales dinner in London, and
was a (failed) candidate in the 1933 provincial election. In 1940 he again enlisted as a private,
was discovered, reprimanded, and commissioned major and rose to command the 2nd
Canadian Scottish. This is a story of a strict Victorian father and his inability to show
affection to his sons. A story of dedication to hard work, of pathos, of humour, and
of how life was for Canadians in those early days of the 20th century
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