Chatteris WW1 Soldier Robert Green (12739). Chatteris Remembers Biography
Robert Green Lance Corporal, 12739, 7th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment Died July 3rd 1916 Robert was born in 1893 in Chatteris, the fourth child of Robert and Elizabeth. In 1901 the family was living in Station Street, where Robert was a builder’s labourer In 1911 Robert was working as a ”journeyman butcher” in Wimblington where he boarded with the butcher’s family. Robert joined the 7th Suffolk’s, one of the Suffolk Service battalions, probably at the outbreak of war in August 1914, in the town of March. The battalion was posted to the Somme in readiness for the ”Big Push” but didn’t take part in the mass slaughter of 1st July. They were however to go into action at Ovillers on 3rd July. The official history records the following: ”On July 3rd the battalion, under the command of Major J.H.Henty, took part in the frontal attack on Ovillers….The battalion assaulted in eight successive waves, the leading ones starting ten minutes before zero hour, which had been fixed for 3:15 a.m. The first four waves penetrated as far as the enemy’s third line, portions of them getting into the village itself: but owing to the darkness the succeeding waves lost touch, enabling the Germans to surge in and cut them off. At the third line of resistance, after very severe fighting, the attack was brought to a standstill, the battalion losing heavily. All the company commanders were killed.. the casualties amounting to 470 of all ranks… Thus, at the Battle of Albert, was this fine battalion almost destroyed.” Robert’s body was not found and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, along with many of his comrades. File contains: *CWWG Certificate *Census returns from 1911 *”Soldiers Died” entry *Medal Roll *Excerpt from Suffolk’s history *Name on Thiepval Memorial *Photo taken in the trenches at Ovillers
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