Biography of Private William Russell Green (33514)
2nd Battalion Yorkshire
formerly 32035, 17th Res. Hussars Regt.
Died 29th September 1918


  • Name: William Russell Green
  • Date of birth: 1895
  • Place of Birth: Tilley St Lawrence, Norfolk, England
  • Date of Birth Registration: January – March 1895
  • Place of Birth Registration: Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England


  • Name: William Green
  • DOB: 1867
  • Place of Birth: Tilney All Saints, Norfolk, England
  • Occupation: Coalman


  • Name: Mary Ann Munro
  • DOB: 1869
  • Place Of Birth: Islington, London, England
  • Marriage: 12th December 1892 Terrington St Clements, Norfolk, England

Siblings: (Name), (DOB), (POB)

  • William Russell Green, 1895, Tilney St Lawrence
  • Henry Walter Green, 1896, Tilney All Saints
  • Charles Robert Green, 1897, Tilney All Saints
  • Constance Mary Munro Green, 1898, Tilney All Saints
  • Kenneth Owen Green, 1900, Tilney All Saints (died 1900)
  • May Elizabeth Victoria Green, 1901, Tilney All Saints
  • Frances Marjorie Green, 1906, Tilney All Saints

  • 1901: Charles is living with his parents in Tilney All Saints, Norfolk.
  • 1911: William is living with the Batterham family at Walpole Highway. The census gives him an age of 16 and he is listed as farm servant.
Relatives in services

  • William has two brothers Henry Walter and Charles Robert which also fought and was killed in WW1. Henry and Charles can be found on our page dedicated to the Aslackby War Memorial.

  • No marriage for Charles has been found and because of his age we can assume that he never had the opportunity to marry.

Newspaper Mentions

  • Grantham Journal Saturday 17th November 1917.
    Mr and Mrs W R Green have again been plunged into grief by the news that their second son, Pte. Chas Green (Norfolk Regiment) has been killed in action.  The Colonel of his regiment, in a letter, told them that his death was caused by shell explosion and that he fell while fighting bravely and that he possessed qualities which endeared him to his comrades.  Deceased, who was 20 years of age, worked for Mr Almond in Pointon Fen before the war.  This is the second son Mr and mrs Green have lost in the great struggle, for their eldest son was missing while taking part in the Gallipoli campaign and has not since been heard of.  They have a third son in the fighting zone. Much sympathy is expressed for the sorrowful parents, who are small farmers in the Fen.


  • Lynn News & County Press Saturday 19th October 1918
    In Memoriam
    GREEN – Killed in action, Sept. 29, 1918, Pte. Russell Green, Hussars (transferred to Yorks Reg.), aged 23.
    Also in loveing memory of Pte. Henry Green, Lincoln Regt., killed August 9, 1915, aged 20; and of Pte. Charles Green, Norfolk Regt., killed Ocober 14, 1917, aged 20.  The beloved and only sons of William and Mary Green, of Aslackby Fen, Linc., and late of Tilney All Saint.
    Brother clasps the hand of brother
    Stopping, fearless, through the night.


  • Grantham Journal. Saturday 26th October 1918
    KILLED IN ACTION – Mr and Mrs Green, the Fen, have received the distressing news that their son, Pte Russell Green was killed by shrapnel on Sunday July 28th in France. A letter has been received from his officer, saying that he was greatly respected by all who know him.  The body war buried by his comrades with great care and reverence. Mr Green has lost all his three sons the war all killed in action on a Sunday.

Military Records

Attestation Papers

  • None found

Soldier’s Died In The Great War

  • These records show that Private William Russell Green, 33514, 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment was killed in action on 29th September 1918 in the Western European Theatre in France and Flanders.

Pension Records

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Effects left Too

  • Father William


  • The British Medal
  • The Victory Medal


  • UK:
  • Aslackby, plaque in St James’ Church


  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
  • In Memory of Private W R Green, 33514, 2nd Battalion, Yorkshire Regiment who died on 29 September 1918 Age 25.
  • Son of William R and Mary Green. of Aslackby Fen, Pointon, Billingborough, Lincs
  • Remembered with Honour Chapel Corner Cemetery, Sauchy-Lestree
  • Grave F.11

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

© Picture taken by South Lincolnshire War Memorials

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