Image from 1915 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.



Born: 7th September 1883, Colchester, Essex.

Died: 9th April 1915; age 31; KiA at Aubers near Neuve Chapelle – whilst turning away from examining the enemy’s position through his glasses, and was necessarily exposing himself to some risk. He was doing his duty cheerfully and bravely.

George joined the 1st Volunteer Battalion, Suffolk Regiment (which in 1907 became the 4th Territorial Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment). On the outbreak of war he volunteered for the foreign service, and went to France. He was home on a few days leave in April, returning to the Front on the 6th, and was killed in action three days later.

Occupation: Clerk at Brown & Co., Timber Merchant’s, Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.


Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 89.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Volunteer Long Service Medal.


Buried half a mile behing the firing line.

Grave Reference: V.E.3.

Aubers Ridge British Cemetery,




Buried next to his friend Company Sergeant Major Thomas Henry Frost.



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George Joseph & Emma Ann Greenwood, of Colchester; husband of Nellie May Greenwood, of 53, Newton Road, Ipswich.




1891   4, South Street, St. Giles, Colchester, Essex.


George was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

George Joseph Greenwood, 31, a Steam Engine Fitter, born Moulsham, Essex.

Emma Ann Greenwood (nee Butler), 31, born Moulsham.

Millicent Louisa Emma Greenwood, 5, born Colchester.

Thomas Henry Herbert Greenwood, 2, born Colchester.


1901   15, Gilberd Road, Colchester, Essex.


George was 17 years old, a Stockbroker’s Clerk. He was living with his parents & siblings.

George, 41, an Engine Fitter Foreman.

Emma, 41.

Millicent, 15.

Thomas, 12.

Clement Stanley Greenwood, 9, born Colchester.

Elizabeth Ellen Greenwood, 7, born Colchester.


1911   53, Newton Road, Ipswich.


George was 27 years old, a Timber Merchant’s Clerk – Foreign Timber Importers. He was married and Head of the Household.

Nellie, 26.

George, 2.


Attended the Bluecoat School, Colchester.


George was a well-known member of the Felixstowe Rifle Club, and a prize winner at the county meeting.


On the 2nd September 1907, St. Botolph’s Church, Colchester, Essex, George married Nellie May Woods, born November 1884, Colchester. They had 2 children:

George Charles Greenwood, born June 1908, Ipswich

Millicent Alice Greenwood, born April 1912, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Nellie May Greenwood – widow.


Probate to Nellie May Greenwood – widow.




Sergt. E.J.G. Greenwood, of C Company, 4th Suffolks, was killed in action on April 8th, when the battalion was again in the firing line. He was a good shot, and a well-known member of Felixstowe Rifle Club, and a prize-winner at the county meeting. He was employed by Messrs. Brown, timber merchants, Ipswich.

“A Miniature Rifleman” writes:- “By the death of Sergt. E.J.G.Greenwood, Ipswich has lost one of it’s best shots, and the 4th Suffolks a smart non-commissioned officer. Those who were accustomed to meeting Sergt. Greenwood at the Miniature Rifle Range will always remember his sporting spirit, and splendid marksmanship.”


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