Albert Green, Private 12951, 9th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 1st November 1915 in France, aged 19
Albert Green was born on 26 November 1895 and baptised on 19 December 1895 at St Alban’s Church, Macclesfield, the son of Ellen and James Green, a labourer of Macclesfield. In 1901, five year old Albert was living at 24 Hayes Yard, King Edward Street, with his parents and brothers John Henry (20), Arthur (15), Alfred (11), James (8) and Joseph (2). Ten years later, in 1911, the family had moved to 32 Hayes Yard and Albert was employed as a ‘cleaner piecer’.
Albert was educated at St Alban’s School, attaining standard grade V, and on 12th October 1909 he enrolled at Macclesfield Technical School to further his education. He later gained employment as a silk finisher with Neckwear Ltd.
Albert enlisted at Macclesfield on 31st August 1914, stating that he was presently employed as a silk finisher. He was described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighed 122 pounds and had a 31 inch chest, with a fresh complexion, blue eyes and dark brown hair. He was a Catholic and named his sister, Margaret Hodgkinson of 32 Hayes Yard (later of 24 Statham St) as his next of kin. He initially joined the 8th Cheshire Regiment but was later transferred to the 9th, which came under orders of 58th Brigade, 19th (Western) Division.
Albert left Macclesfield on 3rd September 1914 to begin his military training, which took place at Salisbury Plain and Basingstoke. He forfeited 6 days pay on 18 May 1915 for absence between 12th and 17th May.
The 9th Cheshire Regiment left England for France on 19th July 1915, embarking at Folkestone. On 31st October the Battalion relieved the 9th Royal Welsh Fusiliers at Canadian Orchard, east of Festubert, and it was here that Albert died, on 1st November 1915, shortly before his 20th birthday. His death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 26 November 1915:
PRIVATE A GREEN – Official intimation has reached Mrs Hodkinson, 32 Hayes Yard, Macclesfield, that her brother, Private Albert Green, of the 9th Cheshires, has been killed in action in France. Mrs Hodkinson received the following letter from Sergeant N Corbishley, another Macclesfield soldier: “It is with regret I inform you of the death of your brother, which occurred in action on the 1st… There are only a few Macclesfield lads in my battalion. He was a brave and keen soldier, and well liked.” Private Green was 19 years of age and enlisted at the beginning of the war, being at that time in the employ of Neckwear, Ltd. He went to the front in July. Private Green was educated at St Alban’s Day School. He has two other brothers in the Army. One, Private Alfred, is serving in the Dardanelles…
Private Albert Green is buried in Grave Ref. III. B. 12. of the Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’Avoue, Pas-de-Calais, France.
His sister asked for the following inscription to be added to his headstone:
“R.I.P FROM HIS SISTERS AND BROTHERS
ON HIS SOUL, SWEET JESUS HAVE MERCY”
In Macclesfield, Private Albert Green is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael’s Church and St Alban’s Church war memorials. He is also commemorated on the family grave in Macclesfield Cemetery, plot number J9109:
“Of your charity pray for the soul of James Green, died March 31st 1909 aged 68 years
also Ellen his wife who died September 9th 1913 aged 57 years
Albert Green their son who was killed in action in France, Nov 1st 1915 aged 19 years
Also L. Corporal Arthur Green, 8 Batt. South Lancashire Regt who died Feb 19th aged 29 years”
Brother of Arthur Green, who served with the 8th South Lancashire Regt and died in Macclesfield in February 1916; Joseph Green, who served with the 1/4th Loyal North Lancashire Regt and was killed in action in July 1917; John Henry Green who served with the 11th Cheshire Regt and was killed in action in August 1917; and Alfred Green, who served at Gallipoli and survived the war.