Born: 18th February 1913, Cosford, Suffolk.
Died: 15th February 1942; age: 28; drowned as an Italian PoW on board S.S.’Arisoto.’
Residence: 54, Ashcroft Road, Ipswich.
Occupation: Deputy Certifying Officer.
Rank: Lance Bombardier; Service Number: 1108913.
Regiment: Royal Horse Artillery, 11 (Honourable Artillery Company) Regiment.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George Marven Green & Ruth Mary Green, of 259, Bramford Road, Ipswich; husband of Rose Green, of Histon, Cambridgeshire.
Father: George Marven Green, born May 1882, Hadleigh, Suffolk. A Ledger Clerk – Sack Manufacturer.
Mother: Ruth Mary Green (nee Herbert), born October 1881, Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk.
In 1939, Ipswich, James married Rose Palmer, born June 1912, Ipswich.
ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939
James and his wife, Rose, were residing at 54, Ashcroft Road, Ipswich. He was a Deputy Certifying Officer, for a Livestock Auctioneers.
The Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury newspaper, 3rd July 1942, reported that James, who had previously been reported a PoW has now been reported by the Italian authorities as ‘missing’ following the sinking of the Italian vessel in which he was travelling.
His wife, Mrs. Green, of 54, Ashcroft Road, Ipswich had received a letter from the war office saying that there were no details of the circumstances in which the sinking occurred but enquiries were in progress.
Probate to Rose Green – widow.
Sunday, 15th February 1942
The Italian steamship S.S.’Ariosto’ was first named the S.S. ‘Baro Fejervary,’ when she was launched in 1902. She was built by shipbuilders, Wigham Richardson & Co., of Wallsend-upon-Tyne, North Tyneside, for the Royal Hungarian Sea Navigation Company, Adria Ltd., Fiume. In August 1914, the S.S. ‘Baro Fejervary’ was seized by the Imperial Russian Navy at Nikolayev, Southern Ukraine and re-named S.S.’Bulganak.’ In 1918, she was captured by the German forces occupying the Russian port city of Novorossiysk, and returned to the Royal Hungarian Sea Navigation Company, Adria Ltd., under an Italian flag. In 1922, the steam ship was re-named S.S.’Ariosto.’
On the 13th February 1942, S.S. ‘Ariosto’ sailed from Tripoli with 410 men on board – 300 were Allied PoW’s as part of a small convoy with the German ‘Atlas,’ and escorted by the destroyer ‘Premuda’ and torpedo boat ‘Polluce.’ On the 14th February, 11 miles due West of Mahdia, Tunisia S.S.’Ariosto’ was torpedoed by the brand new British submarine – P38 (Commander Lieutenant Rowland John Hemingway D.S.C, R.N.). S.S. ‘Ariosto’ had been hit twice, but stayed afloat for awhile, until eventually she broke into two sections, the bow sinking first, then later the stern during the early hours of the 15th. 138 PoW’s were lost. The survivors were picked up by the escorts Atlas and Polluce- arriving at Palermo on the 16th February.
The British submarine – P38 never completed her patrol as on the 23rd February 1942, she too was sunk by the Italian destroyer ‘Circe.’