John Ellis GREENHALGH

Badge Number: S10304, Sub Branch: Wallaroo
S10304

GREENHALGH, John Ellis

Service Number: 2363
Enlisted: 3 March 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Balaklava, South Australia, May 1879
Home Town: Wallaroo, Copper Coast, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Agent
Died: "deemed as being caused by his War Service", Adelaide, South Australia, 16 June 1936
Cemetery: West Terrace Cemetery (General) Adelaide, South Australia
Memorials: Wallaroo WW1 Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

3 Mar 1916: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), SN 2363
14 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2363, 5th Pioneer Battalion
14 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2363, 5th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Itria, Adelaide
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Private, SN 2363
2 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 2363, 5th Machine Gun Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From How We Served

2363 Private John Ellis Greenhalgh of Wallaroo, South Australia had been employed as an agent prior to his enlisting for War Service on the 3rd of March 1916 and was allocated to reinforcements for the 5th Pioneers 1st AIF.

John was embarked for England and further training on the 14th of August and from England he would be shipped to France, arriving at the ‘Bull Ring’ at Etaples on the 1st of January 1917. Following this last phase of training John was formally taken on strength with his Unit in the field on the 7th of February and from his arrival in the trenches his service would be continuous until he transferred over to the 5th Machine Gun Battalion on the 6th of October 1918.

Aside slight bouts of sickness and a short period of leave in London from the 15th to the 29th of November 1918, John had been present for all actions in which his Units had been involved in without any record of having been wounded or suffering any serious periods of sickness. John was returned to England from France, and on the 5th of July 1919 John was embarked for his repatriation to Australia.

Arriving back in Adelaide John received his official discharge from the 1st AIF on the 2nd of October 1919 and was re-entered into civilian life. John’s death on the 16th of June 1936 at the age of 57 was deemed as being caused by his War Service, and following his passing he was laid to rest within West Terrace Cemetery, South Australia.

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