Alfred Green

Alfred Green was born in Hatton on 3rd June 1895 and baptised at Daresbury on 21st July that year. He was the son of Henry Green (born Hatton) and his wife Fanny (nee Savage) who was born in Stockton Heath.

In 1901 five year old Alfred was living with his parents and his two siblings George H. (6) and Herbert (2) at Factory Yard in Hatton. (All three brothers would go on to serve in the Great War). His father was a teamster on a farm, a driver of a team of animals. The family had also had another child who had died.

Ten years later, Alfred had left home and was in service at Castle Farm, Barleycastle, in Appleton as a general labourer to the farmer, George Hardy. He had previously attended Daresbury School.

Alfred enlisted at Warrington on 26th July 1915, just after his 20th birthday and his papers showed that he was a farm hand, was 5’6’’ tall, with medium colour hair and blue eyes and was of stout build. However he had always suffered with poor eyesight and so was assigned to home service at this point. In the summer of 1917 he was eventually called up for active service and boarded a ship for India, with the British Expeditionary Force. He was in the Cheshire Regiment’s 8th and also 2nd Battalions, as a private, with the service number 3/27490.

Subsequently he would serve in Basra in Mesopotamia, where he was wounded and admitted to hospital in Baghdad on 16th June 1918. A month later he rejoined his unit and shortly sailed for Salonika in Greece. He spent the last few months of the war there and in Basra. Alfred was awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal for his service in the Great War. He was recorded as an absent voter in Hatton in 1918 and Spring 1919 and finally came home to be demobilized on 16th April 1919 and was transferred to Class Z Army Reserve. He returned to Factory Yard in Hatton.

In the summer of 1924 he married May Dutton, a younger sister of Thomas Henry Dutton, who had been killed in the Battle of Jutland in 1916. In February 1935 their son Bryan was born.

The 1939 Register showed the family living at Factory Yard with Alfred’s widowed father, Henry, who was still working as a cowman. Alfred was a permanent way labourer with the local council. He worked at the Council yard in Preston Brook.

Alfred Green died on 3rd October 1965, three years after May passed away. He was 70 years of age.