Albert Green

ALBERT GREEN (1896 - 1915)

Four sons of James and Ellen Green are commemorated on the St Alban's World War 1 memorial. The 1891 Census shows us that tailor John and silk piecer Ellen were living at 22, Hayes Yard, off King Edward Street. They then had two daughters and three sons. In 1911 they were living at the same address with five sons.

Nineteen year old, silk finisher, Albert attested for General Service at Macclesfield on 31 August 1914. His Medical History form records that Albert measured five feet five inches tall and weighed eight stone ten pounds. Albert was declared fit for service and posted originally to the 8th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment, on 3 September. We know from Albert's Service Records that by May 1915 he had been transferred to the 9th Battalion since on 18 May he forfeited six day's pay for being absent from 12 May to 17 May.

Albert left England, from Folkestone, for Boulogne on 19 July 1915 to become part of the British Expeditionary Force in France. Within the 19th Division, the 9th Battalion saw action at The Battle of Loos. This fierce battle turned out to be the largest British offensive on the Western Front that year. The battle is also remembered for British troops being ordered to advance towards the German lines during the afternoon of 28 September without adequate cover; the advancing soldiers were decimated by relentless German machinegun fire.

Albert was 'Killed in Action' on 1 November 1915. We have no details concerning the circumstances of his death. Albert is buried at Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg L'Avenue, Pas de Calais. His headstone is engraved,

"R.I.P.
From his sisters and brothers
On his soul
Sweet Jesus have mercy"

On 19 August 1919, Albert's sister Margaret received his 1914-1915 Star campaign medal. Later in the year, on 10 December, she also took receipt of Arthur's British War Medal and Victory Medal, which were always awarded alongside the 1914-1915 Star. To enable Arthur's awards to be passed on to Margaret she submitted a signed statement to military authorities confirming her relationship to Arthur. This statement was witnessed by St Alban's priest, Fr Joseph Kinsell. The King's message of commemoration of Albert's service, memorial plaque and scroll were sent to Arthur's youngest brother, Alfred, who was living at 127, Hurdsfield Road.

Battle of Loos
Battle of Loos © I.W.M.

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