Sgt. John Greenman

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Herbert Harry James Greenman

Birthplace: 2 Mead Cottages, The Ley, Box, Wiltshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: May 13, 1922 (50)
7 Henley Cottages, Henley Lane, Box, Wiltshire, England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: Box, Wiltshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Harry Greenman and Elizabeth Greenman
Husband of Annie Bow (Wootten)
Father of John Greenman; Margaret Tiley (Greenman); Nellie Moules; Mary Greenman; Stillborn Son Greenman and 2 others
Brother of George Henry Greenman; Kate Monaghan (Greenman); Isaac William Greenman; Ellen Louisa Greenman; Frank Greenman and 1 other

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About Sgt. John Greenman

Military Information

Signed up to the Wiltshire Regiment (62nd & 99th foot) on the 12th of August 1890, at Devizes. John was recalled into the army upon the outbreak of the Second Boer War, arriving in South Africa on the 16th of December 1899. The Wiltshire regiment was dispatched to "Colesberg District", assigned to protect the town of Rensburg from the Boers. 14 men were killed, 57 wounded and over 100 taken prisoner. John managed to escape unharmed. For most of the war, the regiment was assigned to guard various towns and outposts from invading Boers. John returned to England on the 21st of August 1902.

John also fought in WWI. Most of the records of his service in the war were lost during WWII. At one point, he was wounded in the neck with shrapnel from a shell which exploded nearby. He was honourably discharged, and recovered from his wound. Unfortunately the wound developed into skin cancer, which killed him in 1922.

A Letter written by John to his children from the trenches during WWI

My Dear John, Maggie, Nellie and Dora, I am writing you a few lines I hope you are all quite well. Dad is going on nicely. I hope you have all been good children since I have been away. I hope you had some nice weather for your holidays. Dear children, I am sending you two shillings you must let Mam buy you something with it, tell Dora Daddy will come home someday soon and we will all go for another ride in the Gee-Gee cart. Hope you are having some nice weather we get a lot of rain here now, we see a lot of airplanes here 20 together sometimes, so now dears I hope you will all be good children and do all Mam tells you to till Dad comes home again and we will all go into Bath together then, so now I think this is all for now so I will close with fondest love to you all from your ever loving Dad, H Greenman xxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxx Give my love to Mam xxxx

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Sgt. John Greenman's Timeline

January 24, 1872
Box, Wiltshire, England
October 31, 1907
Age 35
Box, Wiltshire, England
January 25, 1910
Age 38
Box, Wiltshire, England
November 22, 1911
Age 39
Box, Wiltshire, England
Age 40
Box, Wiltshire, England
Age 41
Box, Wiltshire, England
October 29, 1915
Age 43
Box, Wiltshire, England
Age 43
Wiltshire, England
May 13, 1922
Age 50
Box, Wiltshire, England