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William was born in 1895 in Sneinton and was the son of John a blacksmith farrier and Mary A. Green, of 20, Paxton St., Nottingham. His father John was born in 1858 in Nottingham and his mother Mary Ann was born in 1866 also in Nottingham , they were married C1889 and went on to have 8 children, all of whom were born Nottingham , their children were :- Albert b1890, Ada b1892, Elizabeth b1894 William b1895, Harry b1899, Jack b1901, Ernest b1903 and Arthur b1910. In the 1911 census the family are living at 20 Paxton Gardens, Nottingham and are shown as :- John 53 yrs head of the family an out of work farrier, he is living with his wife Mary Ann 45 yrs and their children:- Albert 21 yrs a warehouse man (druggist) Ada 19 yrs a curtain folder, Elizabeth 17 yrs a pattern girl, William 16 yrs a warehouse man (druggist) Harry 12 yrs an errand boy and scholar, Jack an errand boy and scholar, Ernest 8 yrs and Arthur 10 months of age.
He worked for the Boots Company Nottingham in their Analytical laboratory, Island Street,
06 Sep 1915
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1/7th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Private William Green enlisted in Nottingham and served with the 1/7th battalion (Robin Hoods) Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment ) . He landed in France and joined the British Expeditionary Force on 29th June 1915. He was killed in action by an enemy sniper on 6th September 1915, he is buried in Hedge Row Trench Cemetery.
Boots ' Comrades in Khaki magazine dated November 1915 has an article which reads :- " Reports of the death of William Green at St Elois on September 6th have long been so persistent and circumstantial as to leave little doubt respecting the sad truth and now official corroboration has been issued. It would seem that an enemy aeroplane was hovering over the British lines and that while marking this Private Green was fatally shot by a German Sniper. William Green a youth of 20 had prior to his enlistment achieved a high reputation amongst his colleagues at the Analytical laboratory, Island Street, and also in Nottingham athletic circles. Standing a full inch over six feet he was a strong active physique and like his brother Albert (who is still at Boots ) was a notable swimmer. He was a member of the Boots swimming and water polo clubs, he had obtained the medallion of the life saving society and had engaged in team races and water polo in the ASA midland counties championships. Further his prowess at Boots miniature rifle range and membership of Boots Plaisaunce Band had brought him to prominence. "
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