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Walter Henry GREEN

Regimental number2018
Date of birth14 June 1895
Place of birthHindmarsh, South Australia
SchoolGrote Street Public School and Grote Street High School, Adelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of Christ
AddressMannum, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinMother, Mrs Amy Edith Green, 212 Gouger Street, Adelaide, South Australia
Previous military service76th Infantry
Enlistment date12 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name50th Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/67/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A48 Seang Bee on 13 July 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 15 April 1918

FateReturned to Australia

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He carried out a successful night raid on the enemy's outpost line, securing much needed identification. During the raid four men became casualties, so this officer reoganized the party, worked round the flank of the enemy's post, and took them in rear, being the first into the trench and capturing a prisoner.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Wounded at Villers-Bretonneux, France, 1 June 1918; invalided to No 2 General Hospital, Rouen; transferred to No 3 General Hospital, Wandsworth, London; returned to Australia, 2 July 1919. General Birdwood wrote to Green when he was awarded the Military Cross for work at Sailly-le-Sec on the night of 13 April 1918: "Dear Green, I write to congratulate you very heartily on the award of the Military Cross in recognition of your good work near Sailly-le-Sec on the night of 13th April, when you carried out a successful raid on the enemy's outpost line, and secured identifications which were urgently required. Although the arrangements were partly disorganised by four of your men becoming casualties immediately prior to the raid, you were able to overcome this difficulty, and led your men with great dash and determination, working round the flank of the post, and taking it in the rear. Throughout you set a fine example of good leadership and courage under fire, for which I thank you...."

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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