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Robert Courtney GREEN

Regimental number1274
Place of birthLondon, England
SchoolEdwinstown School, Nottinghamshire, England
Age on arrival in Australia22
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarmer
AddressToodyay, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height6' 0.75"
Weight187 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Green, Dorset, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 July 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentLance Corporal
Unit name32nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFleurbaix, France (Battle of Fromelles)
Age at death30
Age at death from cemetery records30
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot III, Row C, Grave No 9), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
120
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Augustus and Jane GREEN, 168 Ashley Road, Upper Parkestone, Dorset, England. Native of London
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Promoted Corporal, Ferry Post, 26 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Missing, 20 July 1916.

Identification disc received from Germany (German Death List, 4 November 1916). No particulars were afforded except that soldier is deceased. To be reported as KILLED IN ACTION 20/7/16.

Red Cross File No 1210606 has statement from 1261 Sergeant W.R.FLINDELL, 32nd Bn (patient, 35th General Hospital, Calais), 7 November 1916: 'He was lying wounded next to Bennett in the German 2nd line which we attacked from Fromelles. He was "pretty bad". I spoke to him and gave him a drink. I think he was hit in the shoulder.'

Second statement, Lt A.C. SINCLAIR, 32nd Bn (patient, 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth, England), 5 January 1917 [file states 1916: clearly in error]: 'Informant states that on 19th July at Fleurbaix Cpl. Green was wounded by shrapnel in the chest when in German 3rd line trench. He was alive on the 20th when our men had to fall back, without being able to evacuate their wounded.'

Third statement, Lt S.E. MILLS, D Company, 32nd Bn, 22 January 1917: 'He was in my platoon and was wounded pretty severely on night of 19/20 July. With the help of two other men we carried him to a place of comparative safety and dressed his wound. This was 200 yards behind the German first line and it was found impossible to get stretcher bearers through the barrage. When the order to retire was given it was a matter of charging through the two lines of Germans and so impossible to carry two badly wounded men. Green was left with some twenty or thirty others some of whom have since been reported as prisoners. It is my opinion that Green died of his wound although he was alive when I saw him last.'

Fourth statement (Red Cross File No 1210708), 1219 L. BRAMBLES, 5th Pioneers Bn (formerly 32nd Bn) (patient, 1st Australian Auxiliary hospital, Harefield, England), 27, 30 October 1916: 'During our advance to the 2nd. trench of the German line at Fleurbaix, I saw him lying wounded far out in No Man's Land, it was on the 19th July. After taking the trench the German guns blew us out of it and we retired back to our own line, and I saw no more of the Corporal. He was too far out to get in either by stretcher bearers or by himself and he is certainly either dead or a prisoner - I think the former.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 4), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
SourcesNAA: B2455, GREEN Robert Courtney
Red Cross file 1210606
Red Cross file 1210708
Red Cross file 1210909

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