Albert Henry Green was born in Highgate, London on the 20th March 1893. His father was Albert Lorenzo Green, working in the building trade, and his mother Kate Tilley Green (nee Beecher).
The family moved to Thame in the 1890’s where Albert Lorenzo joined his father’s ironmongery business in 3 High Street. Albert Henry’s mother died in 1898, and his father went on the marry Florence Richmond of Thame the following year.
Albert Henry emigrated to Canada, sailing on the Virginian on 24 May 1912 and finding employment as a packer. He also joined the local militia, the 15th Argyll Light Infantry.
When Canada entered the war in August 1914, the Canadian Expeditionary Force was raised from the local militia regiments, and Albert duly enlisted, signing his attestation papers at Camp Valcartier, Quebec, on the 22nd September 1914, with the 1st Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery.
On the 3rd October 1914, the brigade embarked for England on the SS Saxonia and on arrival set up camp near Amesbury, Wiltshire. In February 1915, the brigade left England and disembarked at St. Nazaire on the 17th, immediately entraining to Northern France. The brigade faced its first real test in the defence of St Julien during the second Battle of Ypres in April/May 1915.
Other actions followed at Festubert and Givenchy, after which the brigade moved to Ploegsteert where it remained for a long period of static warfare in the autumn/winter of 1915/16.
On the 4th April 1916, a section of the 2nd battery was once again in action near Ypres, and Driver Green, at the age of 23, was one of three killed.
Albert Henry Green is buried in Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, and remembered in Thame on the All Saints’ Church honour board
The Thame Remembers Cross was delivered to Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium on 10th October 2017 by Mark Willis