(Service number 62971)
|First Rank||Private||Last Rank||Private|
|Date||1 January 1887||Place of Birth||Temuka|
|Date||19 October 1917||Age||30 yrs 9 mths|
|Address at Enlistment||Temuka|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Mrs K. GREELISH (mother), Temuka|
|Medical Information||Height - 5 ft 71/2 in. Weight - 165 lbs. Chest 37-40 in. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair dark. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing, colour vision, heart lungs all normal. Limbs, chest well formed. No illnesses. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated. Good bodily & mental health. No defects. No fits. Class A.|
|Served with||New Zealand Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||32nd Reinforcements Otago Infantry Regiment, D Company|
|Date||21 November 1917|
|Embarked From||Wellington||Destination||Liverpool, England|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||Otago Infantry Regiment|
|Service Medals||British War Medal; Victoria Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
March 1918 reported seriously ill with pneumonia, having been admitted to the Military Hospital at Endell, on 17 March, with influenza.
|Date||8 October 1918||Age||31 yrs|
|Place of Death|
|Cause||Killed in action, in the Field|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Anneux British Cemetery, Nord, France|
|Memorial Reference||IV. B. 21.|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Milford District War Memorial; Temuka RSA Roll of Honour; Temuka War Memorial; St Joseph's Church Temuka|
Son of John & Kate GREELISH, of Milford & Temuka. Brother of Martin Joseph GREELISH who also served in WWI..In October 1917 he forfeited 6 days pay for an offence (Leave). John was ill for some time and transferred to various hospitals in March - May 1918. John GREELISH and James COSGROVE, who no doubt knew each other well, were killed in action on the same day in the same battle. His medals, plaque and scroll were all forwarded to his mother and next-of-kin, Kate GREELISH, some time of the Royal Hotel, Temuka, and later of Ormsby Street, Temuka. John did leave a will.
Cenotaph Database [08 October 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5539 0047249) [18 October 2013]; CWGC [09 October 2013]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5539 0047249) [18 October 2013]. Timaru Herald, 25 March 1918 [x 2], 28 October 1918 (Papers Past) [17 September 2013; 26 October 2013]
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