Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.
William Green (I can find no evidence of a middle name) was born in Brewood in 1880. He was the son of William, an agricultural labourer, and Catherine. In 1881 the family lived in Somerford Road, but by 1891 they had moved to Shop Lane.
By 1901 William had moved to Broomhill and was working as a miner. In 1909 he married Ellen Bentley (born Brewood) and by 1911 the couple was living at Malt Houses, Calf Heath. They may have lived for a while in Newport Street, Brewood (where Ellen was living after the war.)
William enlisted in about January 1915 but he does not appear to have been mobilized immediately. Probably he was considered to be of more use as a miner. Initially he served with the 1/6 South Staffordshire but by the time of his death he had been transferred to the 10th Worcestershire Regiment. William was killed in action on 20th September 1917 during the Third Battle of Ypres. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
Private William Green 39967 (previously 3847) was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He is also commemorated on the memorial in St Mary's Catholic Church, Brewood.
DEATH IN ACTION. - Notification has been received of the death in action of Pte. William Green, of the South Staffords. The deceased resided in Newport-street, Brewood, and leaves a wife and five children. [Staffordshire Advertiser 6 October 1917]
This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.