John William GREEN

  • Birth                                   c 1891 to William and Elizabeth Frances Green of Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire
  • 1911 Occupation               Cowman on Farm
  • Domicile                             Martins Arms (Elizabeth Green)
  • Age in 1911                        20
  • Unit                                    10th Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (Nottm & Derby Regiment)
  • Service Number               49398 Enlisted in Newark. Address Colston Bassett
  • Rank                                   Pte
  • Date of Death                    23rd April, 1917. Killed in Action
  • Age at Death                     26
  • Battle SitRep                     2nd Battle of Arras
  • Commemorated                Bay 7, Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Note: In John’s war records he’s usually listed as William John Green

John’s parents William Green & Elizabeth Frances Lawton were married in the third quarter of 1883 in the Registration District of Bingham.

John’s birth was registered in quarter three 1890 in the Registration District of Bingham.

In 1891, John aged 7 months was living in the Village, Colston Bassett with his family. The family were grandfather John, farmer & publican, aged 68 born Aslocton, father William aged 36 born Colston Bassett, mother Elizabeth F aged 27 born Burton on Trent, sister Mary aged 4 , nephew of John senior, William H aged 26 and Lodger John Buxton, servants Annie S Brown, May Marson & Rebecca Wyer.

In 1901, John aged 10 was living in the “Martins Arms”, Colston Bassett with his family. In the household including John were grandfather John aged 78 Inn Keeper & Farmer , father William aged 47 Inn Keeper & Farmer, mother Elizabeth F aged 37, brother Edward H B aged 8, sister Frances O E aged 6, nephew of John senior, William H Green aged 36, boarder Herbert S Hoog, servants Lillian Barnes, Hannah Gregg & Eliza A Scott.

John’s father William died aged 53 in the first quarter of 1908 in the Registration District of Bingham.

In 1911, John aged 20 cowman on farm was living in Colston Bassett with his family, who were, mother Elizabeth Frances widow, aged 47, brother Edward Henry Brooke Green aged 18, sisters Mary aged 24, Frances Olive Eleanor aged 16. Also in the household were John Hall boarder, Elizabeth H Hale domestic servant, Amos Shaw farm help and Mary Flear aunt.

John William Green joined the 10th (Service) battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment).

10th (Service) Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment).

The 10th battalion was formed at Derby on the 13th September 1914 as part of the Second New Army (K2) and came under orders of the 51st Brigade in the 17th (Northern) Division.
Moved to Wool and on to West Lulworth October 1914, returning to Wool on December. Moved to Winchester in June 1915.
14th July 1915 Mobilised for war and then landed in Boulogne, France and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1915 – Holding front lines in southern area of Ypres salient.
1916 – The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Delville Wood.
1917 – The First Battle of the Scarpe, The Second Battle of the Scarpe, The Capture of Roeux, The First Battle of Passchendaele, The Second Battle of Passchendaele.

The Second Battle of Arras from 9 April to 16 May 1917 in which:-

John William Green was killed in action on the 23rd April 1917.
He is commemorated on Bay 7, Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.
Arras Memorial

The French handed over Arras to Commonwealth forces in the spring of 1916 and the system of tunnels upon which the town is built were used and developed in preparation for the major offensive planned for April 1917

The ARRAS MEMORIAL commemorates almost 35,000 servicemen from the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand who died in the Arras sector between the spring of 1916 and 7 August 1918, the eve of the Advance to Victory, and have no known grave. The most conspicuous events of this period were the Arras offensive of April-May 1917, and the German attack in the spring of 1918. Canadian and Australian servicemen killed in these operations are commemorated by memorials at Vimy and Villers-Bretonneux. A separate memorial remembers those killed in the Battle of Cambrai in 1917.
William John Green – Medal Rolls
Soldier’s Register of Effects