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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


A happy occasion at the end of the war.  Seated in the centre is Lt J R Greeves, the bridegroom, with his friends: from the left Lieutenant Harold Robert Newall of Essendon, best man; Lieutenant Stanley Towns, MC,  of Prahran; and Captain C J Blomfield, MC, of New South Wales, all of the 31 Infantry Battalion. John R Greeves married Edith Richards on 12 October 1918. The photo was taken at Brampton Lodge, New Maldon, and posted from Felleries, France, 28 Dec 1918.  Photo courtesy of Mrs Barbara Germon, a relative of Lieutenant Towns.


Greeves J R    Pte    340    John Richard             31 Inf Bn    23    Stereotyper    Single    R C       

Address:    Kensington, Bellair St, 200   

Next of Kin:    Greeves, Bridget, Mrs, mother, 200 Bellair St, Kensington  (now 296 Bellair St)

See MMBW Plan dated 1896: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/121929

Enlisted:    9 Oct 1915       

Embarked:     A62 Wandilla 9 Nov 1915   


The rear of the postcard above.


Information has been received by Mrs B. Greeves, Bellalr street, Kensington,

that her son, Lieutenant J. R. Greeves, has been severely wounded in action.
He was shot in the forehead, and is now in hospital. Lieutenant Greeves
was for many years employed in the stereotyping department of "The
Herald" office.


LIEUTENANT WOUNDED (1916, December 14). The Herald

(Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), p. 11. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article242467335


"Word has been received by Mrs Greeves of Kensington, that her son,
2nd Lieutenant J. R. Greeves, of a Lewis Machine Gun section, has been
promoted 1st Lieutenant. Before enlisting Lieutenant Greeves was em-
ployed by "The Herald" and "Weekly Times" Ltd.


PROMOTED AT THE FRONT (1917, August 10). The Herald

(Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), p. 1. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article242476973



Mrs S. Greeves, of 200 Bellair street, Kensington, has received
news that her son, Lieutenant J. R. Greeves, of the 31st Battalion,

was admitted to the 14th General Hospital, Boulogne, on

November 2, suffering from gunshot wound. When he enlisted,

Lieutenant Greeves was an employe of "The Herald." Beginning

as a messenger boy, he advanced to the commercial department,

and afterwards was engaged in the stereotyping department.


"HERALD" EMPLOYE WOUNDED (1917, December 1). The Herald

(Melbourne, Vic. : 1861 - 1954), p. 9. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article242433493


Thank you to John Dickie for drawing my attention to the above news articles.


War Service Commemorated

Regimental Register  

Flemington Branch Australian Natives Association (ANA)


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