Albert John Green 1887-1914
Research by John Birch, Wrecclesham War Memorial World War I 1914-1919 (privately printed). Typed up (with permission) by Josh Waldron.
Private Albert John Green was born in Wrecclesham in 1887. He was baptised at St Peter’s church on 20 November 1887 by Revd L.H. Burrows. His parents were Charles and Charlotte Green (nee Parratt) and they had four children, two boys and two girls. The couple lived in Shortheath where Charles was a market gardener. In 1911 the family address was Parkside, Upper Bourne. However by the time of the 1911 Census Albert was not living at home as he had married a lady called Emily Kadman. The marriage at St Peter’s church took place on 23 October 1809. Albert is recorded at this time as working as a market gardener, presumably with his father. Neither Albert nor Emily can be found in the 1911 Census.
Albert, who was 22 at the time of his marriage, joined the 2nd Battalion of the Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) at the outset of World War 1 in 1914, Service No. S/695. The 2nd Battalion was mobilised for war and landed at Zeebrugge on 6 October 1914. The Battalion was involved in preliminary skirmishes on the Western Front before in late 1914 becoming involved in the first Battle of Ypres where they had a heavy loss of life. The First Battle of Ypres, also called the First Battle of Flanders, was fought for the strategically important town of Ypres in western Belgium in October and November 1914. Albert John Green was killed in action on 18 December 1914.
Albert is buried in the Ploegsteert Memorial in Belgium. The Ploegsteert Memorial commemorates more than 11,000 missing British Commonwealth servicemen who died in the immediate area of the Ypres Salient on the Western Front.