Thomas Alfred Green, Private 2347, 1/7th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 13th August 1915 at Gallipoli, Turkey, aged 20
Thomas Alfred Green was born in 1895 in Hurdsfield, the son of Clara and Alfred Edwin Green, an electrical engineer. In 1901, five year old Thomas was living at 10 Hollins Terrace, Hollins Road, Macclesfield with his mother and siblings Harry (3), Annie (2) and baby John (9 months), while his father was working away from home, lodging with another electrical engineer at Nether Hallam, Sheffield.
Thomas was a Scout in the 2nd Macclesfield Troop, and prior to enlistment he was employed as an electrician at the Hanley Theatre.
Thomas attested at Macclesfield on 21st September 1914, joining the 7th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment, and following a period of training in various locations in the south of England, the 7th Cheshires, as part of 159th Brigade, 53rd (Welsh) Division, received orders to equip for service in an undisclosed location in the Mediterranean. In July 1915 they sailed from Devonport to Alexandria in Egypt, then on to the island of Lemnos on the 4th August.
On the evening of 8th August, the Battalion arrived off the coast of Gallipoli and the following day landed at “C” Beach, Suvla Bay. Having landed, they came under shell fire at about 8.30am and so moved north along the edge of the bay; they then received orders to attack in the direction of a dip in the hills behind Anafarta Saghir.
At 8am on 10th August the Battalion was ordered to attack Hill 70. This was unsuccessful and the Battalion suffered severe losses. A second unsuccesssful attack took place at 5pm.
The following day at 2.30pm the Brigade moved north, but the 7th Cheshires and 4th Welsh Regiments on the left were under attack so had to pull back. The 7th Cheshires remained in this position in trenches for several days, and Thomas Alfred Green was shot by a sniper on 13th August 1915, aged 20.
His death was announced in the Macclesfield Courier of 9th October 1915:
We regret to announce the death of Private Thomas Alfred Green, of the 1/7th Batt. Cheshire Regiment (T.F.). He was 20 years of age, and was the son of Sergeant and Mrs. Green, of 3 Richmond Hill. He enlisted on the 21st of September of last year, and prior to that he was employed as an electrician at Hanley Theatre. After undergoing a course of training he went out with his regiment to the Dardanelles, where he was killed by a sniper. They are a military family, Mr Green being a Sergeant in the Royal Engineers, and is now serving in France. Another son, Harry, is in the 1/7th Battalion Cheshire Regiment. Mrs. Green has received an official communication from the War Office, and the news also comes in a letter from her son Harry, who writes:- “No doubt you have by now heard of poor Tom’s death. He did his duty till the last. He had been in the trenches four days when a sniper shot him through the head and he was killed outright. He died without a word, and thank God he did not have hours of pain and misery. It has terribly upset me, as it will you, but you must not worry: God’s will be done. I have had one or two escapes from shrapnel and still going on alright. The battalion is out of the trenches for four days for a rest, and then probably will be in again. They have lost a lot of good lads and want reinforcing.”
Private Thomas Alfred Green has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 75 to 77 of the Helles Memorial, Turkey. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Thomas Alfred Green, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Thomas’ father Alfred Edwin Green joined the Royal Engineers in September 1914 and survived the war. His brother Harry served with the 7th Cheshire Regiment and also survived.