AUDLEY ARTHUR GREEN

Born: 30th June 1895, Ipswich.

Baptised: 11th August 1895, Ipswich; parents: Charles Arthur Green & Florence Maude Green.

Died: 12th March 1915; age 19; KiA near Neuve Chapelle.

Residence: 56, Hatfield Road, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Colchester, Essex.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 2253

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory & British War & 1914 Star.

 

The body was exhumed in 1920, identified by a cross on the grave, and reburied at Guards Cemetery.

 

Grave Reference:

IX.E.6.

Guards Cemetery,

Windy Corner,

Cuinchy,

Pas de Calais,

France.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   Brunswick Cottage, 5, Tomline Road, Ipswich.

 

Audley was 5 years old and living with his mother & siblings.

Florence Maude Green (nee Parker), 30, born Ipswich.

Sydney Charles Green, 8, born Felixstowe, Suffolk.

Myrtie Maude Green, 7, born Ipswich.

Raymond Ralph Green, 3, born Ipswich.

 

In 1901, Audley’s father, Charles Arthur Green, 34, was a Builder’s Foreman, born Ipswich. He was boarding at Trinity Cottage, Oulton, Suffolk, at the home of 58 year old, Alfred W. Grint, a Carpenter.

 

1911   56, Hatfield Road, Ipswich.

 

Audley was 15 years old, a Joiner for his father. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Charles, 44, a Builder’s Contractor – employer.

Florence, 40.

Sydney, 18, a Joiner for his father.

Myrtie, 17, a Clerk for her father.

Raymond, 13.

Ivy Mary Green, 7, born Ipswich.

 

Audley was educated at Nacton Road Council School, Ipswich.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Charles Arthur Green – father.

A water colour painted by Audley.

Audley is also remembered on the war memorial at ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S CHURCH, Ipswich and Alan Road Methodist Church, Ipswich.

At the Alan Road Methodist church, Audley is remembered by his mother who attended the church until her death in 1954. She left money for a new Pulpit in his memory.

 

 

The Battle of Neuve Chapelle 10th – 13th March 1915 was the first planned British offensive of the war. The objective was to take the German line at the Village of Neueve Chapelle, break out, and head towards the City of Lille, with the main objective of taking the Aubers Ridge beyond which was of strategic value. The Battle started well with a heavy bombardment of the German line (more shells fired on this occasion than the entire Boer War) with an advance which successfully took most of the first and second line trenches, but due to poor communications stalled once the village had been taken. The Germans then had time to set up more defensive lines outside the village and hold the British advance. 40,000 British and Indian troops took part in the Battle with over 10,000+ Casualties.

Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion

The 4th Battalion the Suffolk Regiment entered the battle on the 11th of March taking up positions on the outskirts of the Neuve Chapelle facing the Bois Du Biez which later were ordered to occupy. The 4th Battalion lost many men through shelling on their positions followed by a counterattack on the 12th by the Germans. In total, the Battalion sustained 217 casualties.

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

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