GRINDELL, William John
(Service number 88130)
|First Rank||Last Rank|
|Date||14 February 1880||Place of Birth||Geraldine|
|Date||7 June 1918||Age|
|Address at Enlistment||418 Talbot Street, Geraldine|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Marital Status||Married. One child|
|Next of Kin||Mrs Lucy GRINDELL (wife), 418 Talbot Street, Geraldine|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship|
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Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
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|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Carter; Borough Council foreman
|Date||20 October 1953||Age||80 years|
|Place of Death||Geraldine|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Geraldine Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||General Section, Row 472, Plot 23|
|New Zealand Memorials|
William John Grindell was born on 14 February 1880 at Geraldine, the third son of Thomas and Ellen (also known as Helen, née Jones) Grindell. Thomas and Ellen had married in 1872 in Gloucestershire, England. William was educated at the Geraldine Public School where, in March 1886, he received a prize for the “Below Standard I” children.
William married Lucy Hughes on 6 December 1906 at Geralidine, and their only child, Irene Susan Wilke Grindell, was born on 1 January 1914 at Geraldine. He was a carter at Geraldine when he enlisted on 7 June 1918 and named his wife as next-of-kin - Mrs Lucy Grindell, 418 Talbot Street, Geraldine. He was a member of the South Canterbury quota of the Forty-sixth Reinforcements which left Timaru by the north express on 9 September 1918 after parading at the drill hall. W. J. Grindell did not serve overseas.
He died on 20 October 1963 at Geraldine, aged 83 years, and was buried in the local Cemetery. Lucy died in 1971. His brother Charles also enlisted for war service.
South Canterbury Times, 13 March 1886, Timaru Herald, 7 September 1918 (Papers Past) [08 October 2021; 02 February 2022]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [31 January 2022]; Geraldine Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [31 January 2022
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