Private 19489 Thomas Green

Killed in Action on Saturday, 4th March 1916, age 40.
Commemorated on Panel 35 and 37 of Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

8th Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 51st Brigade of 17th Division.

Son of Mr and Mrs Green, of Wednesbury, Stafls; husband of Elizabeth Green, of 4 Court, 4 House, Catherine's Cross, Darlaston, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Darlaston, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/907749/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
344 Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
Thomas Green (26, Canal Navvy, born Tipton), his wife Elizabeth (26, born Gornal), and their 1 child: Samuel (1, born Gornal).

1911 Census
Cannot trace

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

The 8th Battalion South Staffs was in 51st Brigade of 17th (Northern) Division. In early February 1916, they returned to the front near St. Eloi, along the line south of the Ypres-Comines canal and railway. It included some captured ground on the north bank of the canal called The Bluff. The ground was higher as the material from the excavation of the canal had been built up. The Germans, however, were still on the crest.

The area had been relatively quiet but the Germans now became very active. In the afternoon of February 14th German infantry successfully attacked the British units holding The Bluff after a very heavy bombardment with shells and trench mortars, and the blowing of some mines. On the afternoon of the 14th, 51st Brigade held the left front north of the canal including the left defences of The Bluff. The 8th South Staffs were on the left in the trenches with the 10th Sherwood Foresters on their right. The Germans captured The Bluff and held it against unsuccessful British counter-attacks.

On 1st/2nd March an attack from the 25th Division recaptured The Bluff. The 8th South Staffs had just returned to the front after being brought upto strength following their February losses. They were in support for the 25th Division attack, and then provided 2 Companies as reinforcements in the front line, and 2 Companies as carrying parties.

The War Diary of 3rd March says that 3 men were missing believed killed, it did not state if they were from the carrying party or reinforcements. One of the 3 was Thomas Green, he has no known grave and is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres.

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