Herman Green (1883–1916) was Private (57997) in the 20th Battalion Canadian Infantry. He died of a gun shot wound to the right thigh at No. 17 Casualty Clearing Station, Belgium on 13 April 1916. He was buried in Lissenthoek Military Cemetery (grave B.14), which was 5,000 yards south west of Poperinghe, Belgium.
Herman was born in 1883 in Cambridge. He was one of thirteen children born to Julius Martin Green and Ellen Green (née Williamson). His father was a joiner and builder. At one point he was both a carpenter and publican at the Jolly Waterman on Chesterton Road, Cambridge. Herman followed his father into a similar trade as a stonemason. The family grew up at 28 Union Road, Chesterton Road and then 187 East Road, Cambridge next to the Tramways Depot. Herman married Minnie Murkin in 1905 in Sussex. They had three children: Charles Martin (1905–73); Herman (1907–81); and Margaret Ethel (1909–87).
For some unknown reason Herman left his family and travelled on the steamship Montrose from Liverpool intending to travel to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He arrived at St John, New Brunswick, Canada on 27 March 1911. He enlisted as Private (57997) in the 20th Battalion Canadian Infantry. According to his attestation papers dated 8 January 1914 he used the name ‛Harry’ as opposed to ‛Herman’. He gave the date of birth 30 January 1884 as opposed to 1883. His next of kin was listed as his mother, who by that time had moved from Cambridge to 63 Crown Road, Great Yarmouth, Suffolk. She was a widow and working as a lodging keeper. Herman’s occupation was still a stone cutter. He stated that he had previously served with the Royal Engineers for three years. He also stated that he was not married.
Herman died at No. 17 Casualty Clearing Station (CCS) on 13 April 1916 of a gunshot wound to the right thigh. He was buried in Grave B. 14 at the Lissenthoek Military Cemetery, which was 5,000 yards south west of Poperinghe, Belgium. He was entitled to the Victory medal and the British War medal.
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By Emma Easterbrook and Ian Bent