Private 200870 Thomas Henry Green

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Killed in Action on Monday, 27th August 1917, age 22.
Buried in Grave IX. C. 2. at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

1st/7th Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 144th Brigade of 48th Division.

Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Dudley, Resident: Dudley.

First landed France & Flanders, 16th August 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Dudley Clock Tower 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/462960/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
86 Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
William Harding (52, Labourer, born Tipton), and his wife Rebecca (54, born Tipton). Also their widowed nephew and his 3 children: Alfred Green (35, Nephew, Widower, House Painter, born Tipton), and his 3 children: Alfred (7, born Tipton), Thomas (5, born Tipton) and Samuel (3, born Tipton).

1911 Census
7 Earl Street, Dudley, Worcs.
Alfred G. Green (42, Roof Slater, born West Bromwich), his second wife Elizabeth (32, born Dudley), and their 3 surviving children of 5: Ada Elizabeth (8, School, born Dudley), James (2, born Dudley), and Hester (2 months, born Dudley). Also Alfred's 3 children from his first marriage: Alfred (18, Butcher's Assistant, born Tipton), Thomas Henry (16, Draper's Errand Boy, born Tipton) and Samuel (13, School, born Tipton).

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

Detail from Stacke's 'The Worcestershire Regiment in the Great War'.
On August 27th the 1st/7th Worcesters were about 1000 yards north east of St Julien and 4000 yards east of Pilckem in the area of Triangle Farm, opposite the German strongpoint of Vancouver Farm. Rain had fallen for days making the great bog of shell-holes almost impassable, a vast wilderness strewn with corpses and dotted at intervals by wrecks of smashed tanks.

At 1.55pm the British artillery broke forth in an immense barrage fire, and all along the line the attacking platoons pushed forward. The troops advanced through mud that was knee-deep, and sometimes waist-deep, but it was impossible to keep up with the moving barrage. As the shells passed, the enemy snipers and machine-gunners opened fire from every side. The ordered line broke up as the platoons proceeded to deal with one machine-gun post after another, and the attack disintegrated into a series of fierce little struggles among the shell-holes.

Dusk fell in driving rain, and the troops dug in as best they could. Except in the centre around Vancouver, the Worcesters had everywhere gained ground, but at heavy cost.The next day (28th) an informal truce was observed along this portion of the battle front as both sides sending out stretcher-bearers to deal impartially with the wounded.

The 1st/7th Worcesters had 4 Officers and 19 men killed on the 27th August, with a number injured dying on subsequent days from their wounds. Amongst the 27 killed were 2 Tipton men, Thomas Green and Simeon Richards, against the odds both have a known grave and both are buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery.

Newspaper Cuttings

Dudley Herald 29th September 1917
Private T.H. Green enlisted in the 2/7th Worcesters in September 1914, and was drafted out to France to join the 1/7th regiment in August 1915. He was wounded on two occasions and gassed, and, we regret to state, was killed in action on August 27th last. He was 22 years of age. Previous to his enlistment he was employed at Messrs Grainger and Smith's, Dudley. His parents reside in Earl Street, Kates Hill. He has one brother serving in France, and another in the Navy.

A memorial service was held at the Wesleyan Chapel, Dixon's Green, on Sunday last. The Rev. H.E. Hopper officiated, and taking for his text "Well done, good and faithful servant" delivered an appropriate address. Anthems were rendered by the choir. Private Green was an old member of the Chapel.

Second-Lieutenant Harry G. W. Timbrell, writing to Private Green's father, sincerely sympathised with him in his great sorrow. "He was a brave lad, and fell nobly doing his duty."