4th November 1918

Allen John Green

Private, 42915, 6th Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment

Died of Wounds, 5th November 1918

Allen John Green, Private, 42915, 6th Btn. Dorsetshire Regiment, 50th Brigade, 17th Northern Division
Allen was the eldest son of Sidney and Mabel (née Osborn) Green of Banks Farm,  Chesterblade. As the eldest son of the farm he was exempt from military service until May 1918. He was called up in June 1918, sent to a training camp near Weymouth until October when he was sent to France. He died of wounds on  5th November 1918, his parents received the news of his death in a telegram delivered on Armistice Day.

In 2011 a bag, containing  letters he wrote from training camp, postcards and a notebook that he wrote in France, was found in the attic of a local farm. The letters, now in the Dorset’s Regimental Museum, give some details of his sixteen weeks in training. His postcards and the notebook  from France give very little detail of life at the front, as he spent only four weeks in France before he was killed. 

May 1917: Allen was called to a medical examination in Taunton.
July 1917: The Tribunal gave notice of their decision to grant exemption.
July 1917: A Certificate of Exemption from military service was issued on the grounds that Allen was assisting in managing a farm. The exemption was conditional until a substitute was found.

May 1918: The Somerset Agricultural Executive Committee issued a statement that they were satisfied that an application could be lodged on behalf of Allen John Green with an Appeal Tribunal.
May 30th: A Notice of Hearing was sent that Allen John Green was to appear at an Appeal Tribunal at the Guildhall in Bath on June 4th 1918. Allen’s appeal was unsuccessful and he enlisted in Frome.

June 20th: He wrote to his family from a camp in Taunton where he was put into the 3rd Dorsets and told that he was to go to Weymouth the next day.
June 22nd: Allen wrote to his family from Wyke Regis  the Dorset’s training camp behind Weymouth. Subsequent letters are headed:
 ‘A Company 3rd Dorset’s Smallmouth Camp, Wyke Regis near Weymouth’ .
A total of 32 letters to his family, which give details of his training, have been deposited at The Keep Museum, Dorchester. Also deposited at The  Keep is a small notebook in which he wrote brief details of his journey through France. Details from the notebook are shown as (N)
October 10th: Left Weymouth for Folkestone (N)
October 11th: Left Folkestone for Boulogne (N)
October 12th: Left Boulogne for Rouen (N)
October 17th: Left Rouen, passed through Amiens, Baupame (N)
October 19th: Allen wrote a letter to family saying that he had spent two days in a cattle truck and had arrived about twenty miles from the firing line.

Subsequent entries in notebook detail a journey to Wallingcourt where he slept in an old cottage, Inchy then Nuvilly. The regimental diary for November 4th 1918 shows that Allen was with his company marching to the front line when they came under fire and he was hit by shrapnel.
November 5th: Allen died at 3 Casualty Clearing station.
November 11th: His family received the telegram announcement of his death.

Allen John Green is buried at Caudry Military Cemetery.