Joseph Green, Private 244966, 1/4th Battalion, The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Killed in action 31st July 1917 in Belgium, aged 19
Joseph Green was born on 13 April 1898 and baptised at St Alban’s Church on 3 July 1898, the son of Ellen and James Green, a labourer of Macclesfield. In 1901, two-year-old Joseph was living at 24 Hayes Yard, King Edward Street, with his parents and brothers John Henry (20), Arthur (15), Alfred (11), James (8) and Albert (5). Ten years later, in 1911, the family had moved to 32 Hayes Yard and Joseph was employed as a cotton weaver. He later gained employment as a bobbin hand with Neckwear Ltd.
Joseph enlisted at Macclesfield on 30 August 1916, stating that he was presently employed as a bobbin hand with Neckwear, Ltd. He was described as 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighed 100 pounds and had a 31 inch chest. He was a Catholic and named his sister, Mary Green of 32 Hayes Yard (later of 24 Statham St) as his next of kin.
After training, Joseph was drafted overseas, leaving Folkestone on 29th May 1917 and landing at Boulogne the following day. He joined his battalion on 23 June 1917 and was killed in action just five weeks later on 31 July 1917.
Joseph’s death was reported in the Macclesfield Times on 31 August 1917:
TWO BROTHERS – LOCAL FAMILY’S FOURTH BEREAVEMENT
Miss Green, 32 Hayes Yard, off King Edward Street, Macclesfield, has been officially notified of the death in action of two of her brothers, Private Joseph Green, Loyal North Lancs Regt, and Pte John Henry Green, Ches Regt… Private Joseph Green was only nineteen years of age and was born in Hayes Yard, where his parents then resided. He received his education at St Alban’s Day School and was connected with the church. On leaving school he was employed by Neckwear Ltd, and at the time of enlistment twelve months ago last April, was engaged in munition work at Messrs Brunner Mond’s, Northwich. He completed his training at Aldershot, and before being drafted to France almost four months ago came home on six days leave…
By the loss of these two brothers, Miss Green has suffered her fourth bereavement. One brother, Private Albert Green, Ches Regt, was killed in France on November 1st 1915, being only nineteen years of age… The other brother, Lance-Corpl Arthur Green, South Lancs Regt, died at his home on February 19th, 1916, from tuberculosis… Two other brothers are now serving with the Colours. The first, Sergt Alfred Green, Ches Regt, is in Egypt… The other brother, Private James Green, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, is also in Egypt, where he has often met the Sergeant… Two cousins have done their bit, namely Private Patrick Reed, Cheshire Regt, and Private John Green. The former fought in the South African War and is now in France; and the latter has been discharged on account of an injured leg.
Private Joseph Green is buried in Grave Ref. IV. A. 19. in the New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Joseph Green, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Brother of Arthur Green, who served with the 8th South Lancashire Regt and died in Macclesfield in February 1916; Albert Green, who served with the 9th Cheshire Regt and was killed in action in November 1915; 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 with the Cheshire Regt and survived the war.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Cheshire Non-conformist & Roman Catholic Registers (Find My Past): Baptisms
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
Macclesfield Times: 31 August 1917