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Thank you to Mike Herring of the Kings Cliffe Heritage for sharing the following research

Private 34524 9th Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
Private 171052 Royal Engineers.

  • Born late 1883 in Kings Cliffe, Herbert was the son of John Ventross and Elizabeth Green, of Park Street, Kings Cliffe.
  • He married Elizabeth Susan Kirby in late 1913 and they lived at Park Street Terrace, Kings Cliffe. A son, John H Green was born at the end of 1915.
  • Herbert was killed in action on 27th May 1918. His body was not recovered but he is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, Aisne, Picardy, France.

The Stamford & Rutland News of 26th June 1918 writes:-

“Sportsman makes the supreme sacrifice. Private H V Green, North Lancs, of Kings Cliffe was killed in action on May 27th. Private Green was 34 years of age. He was captain of the Football Club, a member of the Cricket Club, and Scoutmaster of the local Boy Scouts, and was very highly esteemed. He leaves a wife and son, for whom the deepest sympathy is felt”.

A second son, named after his father, Herbert V Green was born late in 1918.

With Russia out of the war, following their revolution, the Germans were able to transfer all of their Eastern Front armies to face the British and French on the Western Front. There was a concerted push by the Germans causing the British to retreat until a stalemate was once more reached. The last days of this battle involved the Loyal North Lancs 9th Battalion.

“On 27th May 1918 the Germans mounted a third offensive, this time against a French sector near the River Aisne. This sector was, by chance, held by the battered British 1X Corps which, in need of a rest, had been allotted a supposedly quiet area. The British troops involved included …. the 9th Loyal North Lancs. All of these were in reserve when the forward areas were pounded by the largest concentration of artillery yet assembled. The main line of defence was quickly breached and overwhelmed and the reserves were committed piecemeal in desperate and confused fighting against odds of at least four to one. Unit cohesion was soon shattered, but the troops fought on in isolated company groups and mixed detachments, retiring in close contact until the tide was turned and, after eight days heavy fighting the German advance once more ground to a halt. The 9th Loyal’s casualties were no fewer than 1,200.”

It was in the early part of this action that Herbert Ventross Green lost his life. He is remembered on the Soissons memorial.

Rank: Private
Service No: 34524
Date of Death: 27/05/1918
Age: 34
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 9th Bn.

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One Response to 34524 PTE. H. V. GREEN. L.N.LAN.R

  1. kay sykes says:

    Very interesting information about my great uncle.thank you.My grandfather was Herberts brother Thomas Ewart Green who also died in WW1 from flu as a pow in October 1918. My mother, his daughter was born in the February of 1918 so she never knew him. My sympathies have always been with the mens parents who lost both their sons. My mother visited them often as a girl and loved them dearly.

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