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William Green was born in Wolverhampton in 1892, the son of Henry Freeman and Phoebe Ann Green. In 1901, they were living at No 3 Court, Littles Lane, Wolverhampton, with William’s sisters Mary Ann, Jane, Phoebe and Annie, and brothers Thomas and John. Phoebe died in 1901. By 1911, William was a general labourer for a local merchant and was living with his widowed father, and three of his siblings at 13 Cannock Road Terrace, Wolverhampton.

William enlisted at Birmingham into the 4th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment (number 12982), first entering the war in the Balkans on 25 April 1915. He was killed in action at Gallipoli. According to both the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Army Register of Soldiers’ Effects he was killed on 7 May 1915. However, Soldiers Died in the Great War have got his date of death as 9 October 1917; presumably this has been mixed up with another William Green. William is commemorated on the Helles Memorial as well as that for the Wolverhampton Higher Grade School, which he probably attended. His next of kin is given as his sister, Mrs. Mary Ann McNay, of 9 Westbury Street, Wolverhampton.