John Henry Green, Private 49497, 11th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment
Killed in action 3rd August 1917 in Belgium
John Henry Green was born on 24 June and baptised at St Alban’s Church on 22 July 1880, the son of Ellen and James Green, a labourer of Macclesfield. In 1881, nine-month-old John was living at House 10, Court 3, Derby Road, Macclesfield with his parents and older sisters Mary (5) and Margaret (3). By 1891 the family was living at 24 Hayes Yard, King Edward Street, Macclesfield.
In 1901, John, then aged twenty, was still living at 24 Hayes Yard with his parents and brothers Arthur (15), Alfred (11), James (8), Albert (5) and Joseph (2); by this time he had left school and was employed as a stone quarry labourer. Ten years later, in 1911, the family had moved to 32 Hayes Yard and John was still employed as a quarry labourer. He later found employment as a farm labourer.
John Henry Green enlisted at Macclesfield on 30 March 1916 with the 4th Cheshire Regt, serving as Henry Green, stating that he was presently employed as a farm labourer. He was described as 5 feet 4½ inches tall and had a 35 inch chest. He named his sister, Mary Green of 32 Hayes Yard (later of 24 Statham St) as his next of kin.
After enlisting, Henry was sent to Birkenhead for training, but within a few days he was reported absent. The Macclesfield Courier stated in its edition dated 8 April 1916:
AN ABSENTEE – Henry Green, soldier, 32 Hayes Yard, was charged with being an absentee from the 4th Cheshire Regiment stationed at Birkenhead. He said he had come home to see a brother who was going to the front. He was remanded to await a military escort.
Henry was drafted overseas on 7th September 1916, and killed in action on 3 August 1917.
His 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 John Henry Green has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. 19 – 22. of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium.. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private John Henry 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; Joseph Green, who served with the 4th Loyal North Lancs Regt and was killed in action in July 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): 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
Macclesfield Courier: 8 April 1916
Macclesfield Times: 31 August 1917