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Henry William Green was born in Camberwell, Sussex, he was the son of the late Walter Green, and husband of Emily Ellen Green (nee Bennett). They lived together at 48 Smykes Road, Walworth, London.

Henry and Emily married on 29th July 1915, they had a son, who they also named Henry William, born on 7th November 1915.

He enlisted in the Reserves in June 1916, and was called upto serve in the Army Service Corps at Blackheath, Kent on 19th December 1916. His service number was 278952. Henry was 21 years 7 months old, and had no previous military service. He listed his occupation as being a carman.

Henry was posted in 666th Company, one of the ASC Horse Transport Depot Companies, also based at Blackheath.

At 21:30hrs on Christmas day 1916, Henry went ‘absent without leave’; he reappeared early morning on the 28th and was punished by forfeiting four days pay and being confined to barracks for four days.

On 11th May 1917 he embarked at Folkestone, landing at Boulogne later that day. On 30th May 1917, he was transferred into the 9th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment and was given the service number 27864.

On 9th June 1917, Henry was wounded, he sustained a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He spent nineteen days in hospital before rejoining the Battalion.

Their second child was born around this time.

The following month, on 11th August 1917 Henry was killed in action. Following on from the Battle of Pilkem (a phase of the Third Battle of Ypres), the 74th Brigade were tasked to renew the attack on Westhoek, which had been held up so far. The Brigade were successful in their objective, but sustained heavy casualties, including Private Henry William Green.

After her husbands death, Emily moved to 9 Cook’s Cottages, Kinglake Street, Walworth, London. She was awarded a pension of 22/11 a week for her and their two children. Emily later took receipt of his British War and Victory medals.

Henry William Green is remembered on the Menin Gate memorial.

Rank: Private
Service No: 27864
Date of Death: 11/08/1917
Age: 22
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, “A” Coy. 9th Bn.
Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL, Panel 41 and 43.

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