REILLY, Walter Leslie
(Service number 6/2253)

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Date Unknown Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Maddren Bros, Winchester Street, Christchurch
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin W. G. REILLY (father), Orari, South Canterbury
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation 5th Reinforcements
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Date 13 June 1915
Transport Manganui or Tahiti or Aparima
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
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Date 2 December 1950 Age
Place of Death Temuka
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Walter Leslie REILLY was the elder son of Walter Granville and Mary Ann Sophia (nee TAPP) REILLY.

Shirley Downward recounts: "Walter Leslie Reilly was born in Timaru on 06/01/1894 and lived with his parents Walter Glanville Reilly and Mary Ann Sophia (nee Tapp) at Orari. He enlisted at 22 in 1915 and saw overseas service for 3 yrs and 275 days. Firstly at Gallipoli from where he was evacuated with Scarlett fever on 02/09/15. Post recovery he sailed from Port Said for the Western Front 06/04/1916 where he remained for the duration of the war. Promoted to Lance Corporal 20/12/1917 and to Sgt on 18/06/1918. He was discharged 21/10/1919 and returned to the work the farms of the Orari and Geraldine areas for the rest of his life. He died 02/12/1950 and is buried in Temuka Cemetery."


SCRoll web submission from S Downward, 30 March 2015

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