John Henry Green

JOHN HENRY GREEN (1881 - 1917)

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.

The thirty six year old farm labourer, enlisted in Macclesfield (after being called up for Service), on 30 March 1916, under the name of Henry Green. By this time, two of his brothers had already been 'Killed in Action'.

John was a short man; his "Descriptive Report on Enrolment" lists his height at five feet four and a half inches tall. The Report also tells us that he was single and living with his sister Margaret; John gave her address as 32, King Edward Street rather than 32, Hayes Yard, which was off King Edward Street. John passed his medical assessment and joined the 4th Cheshire Regiment the following day.

John served at home for one hundred and sixty one days before being posted to France on 7 September 1916. He served on The Western Front with the 11th Battalion. The Battalion were involved in numerous attacks including The Battle of the Ancre Heights, including the Capture of Stuff Redoubt, and the Battle of Messines.

Private (John) Henry Green was 'Killed in Action', on 3 August 1917, (four days after his brother Joseph), when serving with the 11th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment. With no known grave, he is listed on The Menin Gate, one of the four memorials to missing servicemen in Belgian Flanders, covering the area known as the Ypres Salient. Given the date of John's death and his listing on The Menin Gate, it is likely he died in the early days of The Battle of Passchendaele, also known as The Third Battle of Ypres. Perhaps reflecting the chaos of the Battle, John was originally listed as 'wounded' in the War Office Daily Casualty List (List Number 5363, Part III), published on 13 September 1917.

As with his brother Albert, following his death, John's effects, campaign medals, commemorative plaque and scroll went to his sister Margaret. This time, the form confirming Margaret as the next-of-kin was signed by Fr. P. Cleary, a priest at St Alban's church.

The Menin Gate
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