Green, Thomas

Thomas Green, Private 1821, D Coy. 1/7th attached 1/5th Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Died 11th July 1915 in Belgium, aged 19

 

EARLY LIFE

Thomas Green was born on 7th June 1896 and baptised on 30th March 1897 at St Alban’s Catholic Church, Macclesfield, the son of Margaret and Michael Thomas Green, a bricklayers labourer of 10 West Street, Macclesfield. By 1911, 14 year old Thomas was working as an errand boy for a restaurant and living at 44 Copper Street with his parents, and siblings John (17), Kathleen (12), Margaret (9), Henry (6) and Else (3).

The family later moved to 1 Sunderland Street, Macclesfield, and Thomas found employment as a dyer at Mr. Bullock’s Dyeworks in Chester Road.

 

WW1 SERVICE

Thomas attested in Macclesfield and was drafted with the British Expeditionary Force to France on 14th February 1915, landing at Le Havre. His battalion joined the 14th Brigade in the 5th Division and participated in the 2nd Battle of Ypres and the Battle of Hill 60.

Thomas was killed in action on 11th July 1915, aged 19 years. The Macclesfield Courier reported his death on 24th July 1915:

 

“We regret to report the death of Private Thomas Green, who was one of the Macclesfield lads belonging to the 1/7th Batt. Cheshire regiment (T.F.) to be transferred to the 5th Battalion for transportation to the front. He was the son of Mr and Mrs M. T. Green, of 1 Sunderland Street, and was 19 years of age. Prior to his enlistment he was employed as a dyer at Mr. Bullock’s Dyeworks, Chester Road. He enlisted in March last year, and was drafted first to Shrewsbury with the battalion which left soon after the outbreak of hostilities. He was drafted to the front in February, and has since been in the trenches. He was shot by a sniper through the heart.”

 

COMMEMORATION

Private Thomas Green is buried in grave ref. I. H. 12. in Spoilbank Cemetery in Belgium. His mother asked for a cross and the following words to be added to his headstone:

“ON HIS SOUL, SWEET JESUS HAVE MERCY R.I.P.”

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Thomas Green (the service number 7821 is a transcription error, and should read 1821), and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.

In Macclesfield, Thomas Green is commemorated on the Park Green, Town HallSt Michael’s Church and St Alban’s Church war memorials.


Comments

Green, Thomas — 7 Comments

  1. Thomas Green (Tommy as he was known) was my great uncle. Thank you for remembering him in this way, and for supplying information. He will not be forgotten.

  2. Thomas Green was my Nana’s brother and therefore my Gt Uncle too. In 2011 Mike Pointon my cousin, his wife Jackie, my partner Graham and I visited Spoilbank Cemetery to pay our respects at our Gt Uncle Tom’s grave. We took a bit of soil from Macc to place on his grave along with a wreath. We wonder if we are the first family members to have visited his grave.

  3. Michael Pointon & Mandy Yardley – wow! It’s great that we are here 100 years after the fact, in remembrance and as a family, however remote! I am the grandson of Wilfred Green, the youngest (I think) of the many Greens of that generation! I visited Spoilbank Cemetery for the first time in 2013, so yes, I think you were the first. What a lovely gesture, taking some Macc soil to put on his grave. I take it you are still local?

    • Hi Tim. Mike and I are the grandchildren of Kathleen who was your grandad Wilf’s sister. As she had 8 children there are lots more of us too! We found your information when we discovered the Macc reflects web site. Both Mike and I are interested in family history and have researched our family tree. As I am sure you are aware the Greens originate in Ireland. We know that John Green was our first direct descendant who came over here from Dublin with his wife and lived in Bollington. I won’t bore you with the rest as you may not be interested however if you are I am happy to divulge all we know to you. Hopefully you may know things about the family that we don’t.
      I live in Warrington but visit Macc frequently as my mum’s two youngest sisters live there. Mike live in S. Wales but has family in Macc and Congleton.
      Regards
      Mandy

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