Albert Edward Green

Albert Edward Green ©

Albert Edward Green ©

Date of birth: 1897
Place of birth: London
Service No.: 15712
Rank: Corporal
Regiment: Royal Scots Fusiliers
Battalion: 2nd
Died: 29th September 1915 aged 17 years
Death location: France

 

 

 

 

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Life before the War
Albert’s parents were Albert E, who was born 1865 in Portsmouth, and Annie Eliza born 1874 in Southampton.  He was the eldest of three children, his 2 younger sisters were:

Mabel Annie b.1900 in Greenwich

Hilda May b.1901 in Plaistow

In the 1901 census the family were living at the Lamb and Flag Tavern, 69 High Street, Hackney, London.  This was Albert senior’s own business which was also his family’s home. They engaged a Cook and Housemaid.

By 1911 the family had moved to Southampton living at 245 Foundry Lane, Shirley.  Albert, the father was away at sea the night the census was taken.

At the time of his death Albert’s next of kin was given as Mrs Annie Eliza Green of “Acacia”, 29 Janson Road, Shirley, Southampton.

 

War Service

 

Old Tauntonians’ Memorial Roll

Time at Tauntin’s School: 1911 – 1912

Education and Employment: Albert was born in London in 1897.  Both his parents were from Hampshire.  His father was publican of the Lamb and Flag Tavern in Hackney.  The family moved to Southampton by 1911 where Albert joined Taunton’s School.

Life during the war:  Albert lived in Shirley, Southampton but enlisted in Reading, Berkshire. He joined the Royal Scots Fusiliers and rose to the rank of Corporal in the 2nd Battalion on account of his bravery.  Albert was last seen in the trenches near Loos, severely wounded, shortly before his trench was occupied by Germans.  He is buried in Longueval Cemetery in France with an unknown soldier from the Devonshire Regiment – their remains were impossible to separate when re-buried in the cemetery.

 Albert died on 29th September 1915 aged 17 years.

London Cemetery and Extension

 

Albert is Remembered with Honour at the London Cemetery and Extension, Longueval on the Somme in France.

“Green, Cpl. Albert E., 15712. 2nd Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers. 29th September, 1915. Grave reference: 10.J.31”

 

 

 

 

Reburial return

Reburial return

Reburial Return
“The burial of Albert was initially in an isolated grave but was exhumed on 8th July 1954. On the headstone was written twice “Unknown British Soldier” because two bodies were buried together. The means to identify these soldiers were the following:

Fragments G. S. Uniform; One R.S.F. title; One Devonshire Regt. Cap Badge; Two sets of Corporal’s stripes; Whistle; Fragments 2 pairs G. S. Boots.

 Remains so intermingled as to render separate to exhumation impossible, and remains buried one coffin, two grave spaces being allowed.”

Albert’s headstone, with a central cross, now reads:

15712 Corporal
A.E. Green
Royal Scots Fusiliers
29th September 1915

 

Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 24th July 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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