Lance Corporal Walter Green


Walter Green was born on 31 August 1891 at Alloa Street, Belfast, the last of seven children of flax dresser James Green and his wife Jane (nee Mahon). By the time of the 1911 Census he was living with his parents, four siblings and a nephew at Alloa Street, and working as a general labourer. He later worked for shipbuilding firm Harland & Wolff as a fitter's mate.

Green enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 26 January 1915 (No.1421 – later Corps of Hussars No.71384).

In the first half of 1915 he embarked for England with F Squadron, where they awaited orders for France. On 12 July, however, Green was one of about two dozen men of the squadron who volunteered for service as Military Mounted Police with the 54th (East Anglian) Division, which was under orders to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. They sailed from Devonport on HMT Manitou on 29 July 1915, joining the landing at Suvla Bay between 10 and 16 August. On 18 November 1915 Green was wounded by a bullet in his right forearm. He was evacuated to a hospital in Cairo, but by 1 December was fit enough to join the 53rd and 54th Divisions' Base Depot in Alexandria.

At the end of 1915 the campaign at Gallipoli was abandoned, the 54th Division moving to Egypt, where Green rejoined them and resumed his Military Mounted Police role. He formally transferred to that regiment in June 1918 (No. P/14892) – with effect from 30 August 1917.

Green left Egypt for the UK on 26 July 1919. Six weeks later, on 7 September, he was demobilised and transferred to Class Z, Army Reserve.