Charles James Green

Date of birth: 6th May 1881
Place of birth: Dorchester
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy
Vessel: HMS Black Prince
Rank / Service No: Cooper
Died: 31st May 1916, aged 35 years
Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial


Charles was the second of 3 siblings born to William and Susan Ann Green (nee Paul), who married in Beaminster in 1878.


William was born in Dorchester in 1856 and died in Poole in 1922. Susan was born in Beaminster in 1861.



Arthur William   b. 1879 Dorchester   d. ??   Married Louisa Gear in Romsey in 1904.

Charles James 

Alfred SYDNEY   b. 1882 Dorchester   d. 1961 Southampton Married Ethel Annie Martin in Southampton in 1904.


Charles married Lily Frances Hatcher in Southampton in 1909. The couple had 3 daughters and they must have moved to Portsmouth between January and May 1911……

Lily Frances Violet   b. 1911 Southampton   d. 1964 Petersfield   Married Herbert E. Long in Portsmouth in 1929

Elizabeth Dulcie M.   b. 1912 Portsmouth   d. 1991 Portsmouth   Married Cyril C. Cornelius in Portsmouth in 1935.

Doris Alice   b. 1914 Portsmouth   d. 1986 Fareham   Married Frederick H. Dale in Portsmouth in 1937.


Lily had been born in Southampton in 1883, and she passed away in Petersfield in 1957.



Charles enlisted on 4 March 1901 for the standard 12 years, and was at the Royal Navy base in Portsmouth at the 1901 Census.

He joined the Black Prince on 10 December 1914.


The Black Prince was an armoured cruiser, completed on 17 March 1906 in Blackwall, London.


At the beginning of WW1, she was one of 4 armoured cruisers serving in the 1st Cruiser Squadron of the Meditteranean Fleet.

She saw action in the Red Sea and was back in the Med after gun modifications in March 1916.


There is some mystery surrounding the fate of Black Prince during the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916.


She was sighted at 17.33 by HMS Falmouth and there was a wireless signal reporting a submarine sighting at 20.45.

At approximately midnight, HMS Spitfire saw what appeared to be a German battlecruiser completely on fire, the vessel exploding soon after sighting.


This vessel is now thought to have been the Black Prince.


The German version is perhaps more tangible; Black Prince found herself separated from the Fleet but still attacked the battleship Rheinland.

In no time, Black Prince was surrounded by up to 5 German vessels and was hit by at least 12 heavy shells and several smaller ones.


She sank within 15 minutes, and all 857 crew perished.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 4th August 2016


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