Saturday, 20 June 2015

Green, Thomas - Private - (235467)

Private Thomas Green
1st/5th Battalion,
Lancashire Fusiliers,
Killed in action,
6th September 1917,
Aged 25
Commemorated Tyne Cot Memorial.

Newspaper Report:

News has been received by his sister at 8, Laburnum Street, Haslingden, that Private Tom Green has been missing since September 6th, 1917.
He was a Territorial for five years previous to the war, and was one of the Haslingden men who went out to Egypt under Major Halstead (who is now Mayor or Haslingden).  His time expired in January, 1916, and he worked at Stott's Mill, Syke Side, for a while.  He re-joined the colours on April 2nd, 1917, and went to the front in July.
He had been slightly wounded at the Dardanelles, and had been in hospital with dysentry.
Aged 25, he is on King Street Wesleyan roll of honour.


A section commander has written to Miss Green stating the circumstances under which the casualty occurred, and mentioning that J. Holt of Helmshore, gave him a great amount of the information in regard to her brother.
"A portion of the battalion had to go over and take an objective," runs the letter, "and the remainder, including Tom's section, were to take up position in the line, which our other lads had left.  When we were doing this Tom went straight ahead and on with the men who were charging, and, from all I can gather from lads who saw him, he was wounded and well out; in fact, too far out for our stretcher-bearers to fetch him.
"The shell fire was terrible, the place where he fell wounded, and there is not the slightest doubt that your brother is either a prisoner or killed."

Newspaper Memorial:

In loving memory of my dear brother, Private Tom Green, Lancashire Fusiliers, presumed killed September 6th 1917.

"No more will he answer the roll call,
Or rush at the bugle's sound;
But, Lord, when the roll is called in heaven,
May his name in Thy book be found."

"His duty nobly done."

Sadly missed by his sorrowing Sister Priscilla

Pte Thomas Green - census information - click over to enlarge