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John Green was born in Wolverhampton in about 1886, the son of James and Lucy Green. In 1891, they were living at 92 Grove Street, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, together with John’s sisters Agnes, Elizabeth, Beatrice and Sarah, alongside boarders Henry and Jane Gilbert. They were still living at the same address in 1901, although John had an additional two sisters, Annie and Elizabeth. By this date, he had become a Forge Mill Labourer.

John enlisted as a Private with the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 241725). He was awarded the Military Medal, as reported in the London Gazette on 21 October 1918. However, he had also been wounded and his death was presumed, and later confirmed, as occurring on 18 July 1918. He is buried at the Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix, France, as well as being commemorated on the memorial at Heath Town Park.