Corporal 65179 John Thomas Green

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Killed in Action on Saturday, 1st June 1918, age 23.
Buried in Grave V. D. 3. at Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, British Extension, Pas De Calais, France.

Royal Field Artillery, 24th Trench Mortar Battery, "Y" Company.

Son of Mr George and Mrs Harriet Green, of 1 Dale Street, Toll End, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 8th September 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives survived and transcribed.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/30127/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
1 Dale Street, Toll End, Tipton, Staffs.
George B. Green (29, Drayman at Ironworks, born Portsmouth), his wife Harriet (29, born West Bromwich), and their 3 children: George (9, born West Bromwich), John T. (6, born Tipton), Stephen (3, born Tipton), and William H. (1, born Tipton).

1911 Census
1 Dale Street, Toll End, Tipton, Staffs.
George B. Green (41, Horse Driver in Ironworks, born Portsmouth), his wife Harriet (40, born West Bromwich), and 5 of their 7 surviving children of 8: Steven (13, Schooling, born Toll End), William Henry (11, Schooling, born Toll End), Caroline (7, Schooling, born Toll End), Frank Edward (4, Schooling, born Toll End), and Harriet (10 months, born Toll End).
The other two children were George Benjamin (19, born West Bromwich) and John Thomas (16, born Toll End) who were both shown as working away in Wales. No trace can be found of them.

Personal Data

John Green attested on the 18th January 1915 in Birmingham with the Royal Regiment of Artillery (R.H. and R.F.A.). John was 20 years and 4 months old, 5ft 7½ inches tall, weighed 152 pounds, and was employed as an Iron Worker. Initial training commenced on the 19th January at Hilsea.

He was posted as a Gunner in the 24th Divisional Artillery in February 1915, and landed in France on 8th September 1915. The 24th Division was immediately pitched into the second day of the Battle of Loos (26th September), a shambles which saw 4000 casualties, and the death of many of the newly arrived men without seeing action.

In June 1916 he was posted to the 'V' Heavy Trench Mortar Battery of the 24th Division. During the Battle of the Somme, he would have seen action at The Battles of Delville Wood and Guillemont.

The first 2 weeks of 1917 saw John in hospital 'sick', the only recorded instance of and wounds or illness. The 24th Division saw significant action during 1917, at the Battles of Vimy Ridge, Messines, Pilkem Ridge, Langemarck, and at Cambrai.

On 6th February 1918 he was promoted to Bombardier and transferred to 'Y' Medium Trench Mortar Battery of the 24th Division. On 6th March 1918 he was promoted to Corporal.

After John's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £21/9/0d (21 pounds and 9 shillings); this was paid to his father, George B., in August 1918. His War Gratuity was £16/10/0d (16 pounds and 10 shillings), this was also paid to his father in December 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that John had enlisted in approximately February 1915.

Action resulting in his death

The German Offensive of March and April 1918 saw the 24th Division in action at St Quentin, the Somme Crossings, Rosieres, and Avre.

On the 1st June 1918, Cpl. Green was Wounded in Action, and died from these wounds on the same day. He is buried in the British Extension to the Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery, about 2 miles west of Loos in French Flanders.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 10th April 1915
Nephew of Councillor Chalstrey.

Birmingham Daily Post 12th July 1918
R.F.A., - Green, 65179, Corpl., J.T., (Tipton).