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Thomas Green was born on 30th December 1879.

On 24th June 1916, Thomas enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at Pendleton Town Hall, Manchester. He had no previous military experience and had been working as a clerk at Parkinson Brothers, Cross Lane, Salford, Manchester.

Thomas had been conscripted under the Military Services Act of 1916 that had come into force earlier that year.

Thomas was married to Bertha, they lived at 7* Barff road, Weaste, Manchester. At the time of his enlistment, they had one son, Frederick who was born on 18th January 1912 in Seedly, Manchester.

*although some records indicate they lived at number 8.


At his enlistment medical, Thomas was described as being 36yrs 11mths old, 5ft 3in tall, weighing 105lbs and was of good physical development. He had brown eyes, dark hair and was of fresh complexion.

Private Thomas Green served as an infantryman with the 6th (Service) Battalion. He was given the service number 32611.

His reckonable started on 30th November 1916. During the War, Thomas spent five months in Mesopotamia and a further twenty-two months in India.

On 19th March 1917, Thomas arrived at the depot in Bangalore, India – where he was immediately sent on to Mesopotamia, arriving there on 3rd May.

On 20th August 1917 he was admitted to the British Hospital in Baghdad with ‘Sandfly Fever’.

In September 1917, in Amara, he contracted dysentery, due to the climatic conditions. He was admitted to Basra hospital with this condition on 2nd October.

Thomas was sent from Basra hospital back to India, being admitted into Poona hospital on the 11th October 1917.

There are no further records between 11th October 1917, and 18th March 1919 where he was sent from India, to Belmont Road Auxiliary Military Hospital in Liverpool, still suffering from the symptoms of dysentery. Two tests in Liverpool proved negative, and he was recommended for discharge. He was by now 39 years old.

Thomas Green was discharged from Liverpool hospital on 12th April 1919, and was transferred to Class Z Reserve on 14th May.

For his War service, Thomas Green was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

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