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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Wilfred Green at Retford Road Cemetery in Worksop.
photo courtesy of Peter Gillings
Person Details
John Green married Frances Lowe in Worksop in 1890. By 1901 they had had two children, Wilfred born Nov 1892 and John Clifford, born 1899, both born in Worksop. The family initially lived in 22a Carlton Road, later moving to 36 Nether-ton Road. By 1911 John Green senior was working as a coal miner, John Clifford was still at school and the eldest son, Wilfred, worked as a labourer in a flour mill. but both of the sons later enlisted in the army. Prior to Wilfred enlisting, he married Lilian Crampton at Worksop in 1915, she living at 168 Carlton Road, Worksop, and Wilfred having a change of occupation to police constable, stationed at Mansfield.
23 Dec 1918
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Gunner
Royal Field Artillery
Wilfred Green from Worksop, was a police constable, stationed at Mansfield when the war broke out. He enlisted at Mansfield in the Royal Field Artillery on the 25th January 1915. After his training, he went with the British Expeditionary Force to France, landing at Havre 13 May 1915. After a year, he was granted a short leave to the UK from 24 May 1916 to 31 May 1916. 11th September 1916 saw him posted to C Battery 52nd brigade due to a reorganisation and on the 22nd November of that year he reported sick to the field ambulance with pains in his ankles and knees. He was returned to England on hospital ship “Aberdonian” with suspected articular rheumatism. He was examined at Birmingham War Hospital and the results are transcribed in the following:- Medical Report date stamped 29 Jan 1917 Birmingham War Hospital – “origin of disability, rheumatic fever 6 years ago at Worksop, For some considerable time he has suffered from shortness of breath in exertion. This became worse in France. On Nov 22 1916 he had pains in his ankles and knees without swelling in these joints. His temperature went up to 101º and he sweated much. This diagnosed as rheumatism. He reported sick at ??? Wood – Opinion of M.O. as to cause of disability, the rheumatic fever 6 years ago. Recommendation:- Reclassification in a category from which men are eligible for transfer to class P or P (T) of the reserve” Report of Medical Board dated 27/1/1917 “Date of origin:- rheumatic fever 6 years ago at Worksop. His hearts apex beat is in 6th space. His mitral valve is in-complete. There is a presystolic murmur and a slight thrill at the apex. Not the result of military services. Due to rheumatic fever and aggravated by active service. Permanent but should improve”. He was placed on class P or P (T) reserve after serving 2 ½ years before being discharged through his sickness on the 26th July 1917. He was awarded Silver Badge no. 126 598, issued on the 17th August 1917. His sickness did not prevent him re-joining the Notts constabulary at Chilwell but he died shortly after, on the 23rd Dec 1918 age 26 and was buried in his home town in the Retford Road cemetery at Worksop.
CWG additional information:- Son of John and Frances Green, of Priory Cottage, 33, Lincoln St., Worksop. His brother, John Clifford Green was killed 26 April 1918 on the Western Front. Research by Colin Dannatt
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Wilfred Green at Retford Road Cemetery in Worksop.
photo courtesy of Peter Gillings
    Wilfred Green - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Wilfred Green at Retford Road Cemetery in Worksop. photo courtesy of Peter Gillings