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