GREELISH , Martin Joseph
(Service number 14099)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Private


Date Unknown Place of Birth

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Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Labourer
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Served with New Zealand Armed Forces Served in Army
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Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Rifle Brigade
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

12 December 1917, his mother recieved a cable stating that her son, Private M. J. GREELISH, was improving. When he was invalided home in January 1918 he was suffering from trench feet.

Post-war Occupations



Date 21 December 1970 Age 74 yrs
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Temuka Cemetery
Memorial Reference Services Section, Row 180, Plot 627
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Son of John & Kate GREELISH, of Milford & Temuka. Married Maud HOOPER, in 1919; Maud died in 1925. His son John Kevin Patrick GREELISH, born in 1920, served in WWII. Brother of John GREELISH who was killed in action in 1918 in France. Before ever enlisting, Martin had incurred a couple of fines - in December 1912 for failing to take the oath of allegiance under the Defence Act, and in February 1914 for failing to render personal service under the Defence Act, in absenting himself from parades and drill without leave. On 12 December 1917 he was reported to be improving, but by 18 January 1918 he had been invalided home. On 4 February 1918 he was one of three Temuka men warmly welcomed home, by both relatives and officials. Martin was suffering from trench feet when he returned home. In 1919 electoral roll, Martin is living at home in Temuka, listed as a 'returned soldier'.


NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ) [still to be accessed]; TDC headstone image (Timaru District Council) [19 October 2013]; NZ Electoral Rolls [19 October 2013]; Timaru Herald, 11 December 1912, 13 December 1917, 18 January 1918, 5 February 1918, Press, 18 February 1914 (Papers Past) [26 October 2013; 05 June 2014]

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