Joe Reeves

Joseph William Reeves (1885 - 1964)

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Joseph William (Joe) Reeves
Born in 1, Calton Street, Canning Town, London, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 30 Apr 1926 in Green Pigeon, Kyogle, Australiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Brisbane, Queensland, Australiamap
Profile last modified 24 Jan 2020 | Created 9 Dec 2014 | Last significant change: 24 Jan 2020
17:04: Walter Steesy edited the Biography for Joseph William Reeves (1885-1964). (Fixed heading -- see changes log) [Thank Walter for this]
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Joseph William Reeves (Joe) was born on November 1, 1885 at 1, Carlton Street, Canning Town, London, England.[1] He was the third of seven children born to John Reeves and Eliza Hall. When he was 11 his mother died and his father remarried within the year.

In 1911 Joe emigrated to Australia with the family and lived the rest of his life there with the exception of a return to Europe with the Australian forces in the First World War. When he was wounded on active service in France he was sent to England to recuperate and was able to see some of his family who had not emigrated.

Joe was in the Australian Infantry Force Private Service # 2703 47 Infantry Battalion - 2 to 10 Reinforcements. He signed up on 3, August 1916 and was sent to the Western Front. He returned to Australia on 19, September 1918. On 3, August 1919 Joe was discharged from the army as medically unfit due to war wounds incurred in France.[2] He was awarded the Star, Victory Medal and British War Medal.

Joseph William Reeves and the medals he was awarded for his part in WWI

Joe married Ada Rita Magnay on 26 April 1926 at Green Pigeon via Kyogle, New South Wales, Australia. The marriage took place at the home of Ada's parents.[3] They settled at Casino, NSW and had their first five children there. The eldest, a daughter, was born a year after their marriage, their first son was born two years later, but sadly he died at the age of two. Between 1930 and 1935 they had another daughter and two sons. In 1930 Joe was working as a farmer at Beantree, Kyogle and by 1936 he was living at Kyogle and working at a timber mill. It seemed the family was complete in 1935 but in 1947 his youngest child was born in Kyogle.

Although the family continued to live in Kyogle, Joe died at Greenslopes Veterans Repatriation Hospital in Brisbane, Queensland. He had contracted tuberculosis in WWI but died of heart failure on October 21, 1964 at the age of 78.
[4] He was buried in the C of E section, of Kyogle General Cemetery, New South Wales, Australia on October 24, 1964 The location of his grave is Row G plot 19.[5]


  1. FS Birth Index Name: Joseph William Reeves Br/> Event Type: Birth Registration
    Registration Quarter: Oct-Nov-Dec
    Registration Year: 1885
    Registration District: West Ham
    County: Essex
    Event Place: West Ham, Essex, England
    Volume: 4A Page: 163 Affiliate Line Number: 82
    Citing this Record
    "England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008," database, FamilySearch ( : 1 October 2014), Joseph William Reeves, 1885; from "England & Wales Births, 1837-2006," database, findmypast ( : 2012); citing Birth Registration, West Ham, Essex, England, citing General Register Office, Southport, England.
  2. Images See casualty forms in images
  3. bdm Australia, Marriage Index, 1788-1950
    Name Ada R Magnay
    Spouse Name Joseph W Reeves
    Marriage Date 1926
    Marriage Place New South Wales
    Registration Place Kyogle New South Wales
    Registration Year 1926
    Registration Number 6603
    Cited on:
  4. bdm Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985 Year 1964 Reg# B69212 First name(s) Joseph William
    Last name Reeves Father John Edward Reeves Mother Eliza Hall
    Cited on:
    Name Joseph William Reeves
    Death Date 21 Oct 1964
    Death Place Queensland
    Father's Name John Edward
    Mother's Name Eliza Hall
    Registration Year 1964
    Registration Place Queensland
    Registration Number B069212 Page number 2386
  5. Australia Cemetery Index, 1808-2007 Name Joseph William Reeves Death Age78 Birth Date abt 1886 Death Date 21 Oct 1964 Cemetery Kyogle Cemetery Section Church of England Cemetery Location Kyogle, New South Wales Grave Place Row G Plot 19

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My thanks to Joe's daughter Dot (Died 2018) and his grandson Steve for sharing information about his life.

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