GRIMSEY, Joseph Thomas
(Service number 35737)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank


Date 24 October 1882 Place of Birth Geraldine

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Waitomo
Occupation Bushman
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin E. GRIMSEY (father), Orari, South Canterbury
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 22nd Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles Brigade
Date 15 February 1917
Transport Moeraki
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 2 March 1922 Age 39 years
Place of Death Ashburton Hospital, Ashburton
Cause Following operation
Memorial or Cemetery Ashburton Cemetery
Memorial Reference Area 154, Plot 7 RSA
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Joseph Thomas Grimsey was born on 24 October 1882 at Geraldine, the second son of Edward and Fanny Ellis (née Strange) Grimsey. His mother died in 1884 at the birth of her son, John Watson Grimsey. She was 34 years old, and her infant son died at 17 days. Joseph and his siblings were educated at South Orari School, where Joseph was first in the Standards II and III boys’ race in 1891.

Draft 211 - the troopship “Briton” - with over a thousand men aboard including Private T. Grimsey, of Orari, was due at Lyttelton in late January 1919. Grimsey was returning home invalided. Private Grimsey and three comrades were welcomed home at Orari by the Patriotic Society in February 1919. On behalf of his comrades and himself, Private Grimsey thanked those present for their kind welcome.

Joseph married Winifred Amory George in 1920 at St Matthew’s Church, Hastings. Joseph and Winifred lived at Lowcliffe, Mid Canterbury, until his early death. He died on 2 March 1922 at Ashburton Hospital, following an operation to amputate his arm. Joseph Thomas Grimsey was accorded a military funeral at the Ashburton Cemetery. Edward Grimsey died in 1934, survived by his son Edward and two unmarried daughters. Joseph’s older brother, Edward James Grimsey, served in the South African War.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [06 September 2020]; Ashburton Cemetery burial record (Ashburton District Council) [08 September 2020]; Temuka Leader, 24 December 1891, 25 January 1919, 13 February 1919, 6 February 1932, Timaru Herald, 25 January 1919, 8 May 1920, 4 March 1922, Ashburton Guardian, 3 March 1922 [x 3] (Papers Past) [22 August 2020; 07 & 08 September 2020]

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