Private William Clifford Green

Private William Clifford Green served in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW2. He is entitled to the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (with clasp). His enlistment number was K.78880

Born on October 26th 1918 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. In his file there are two birth dates, one on October 26th 1918, the other in 1922. At that time of enlistment he was probably a minor so that is why he lied about his age. It was probably discovered after the fact.

Religion : Church of England      Hair : Dark brown

Eyes : Brown              Weight : 140 lbs.        Height : 5’10”

Name of his father : William Green

In 1936-37, he spent 18 months in a sanatorium because of pleurisy.

In 1942 his height was 6’0″ and his weight 170 lbs.

June 14th, 1940 : Enlisted in the 3rd Petrol Division Royal Canadian Army Service Corps

On enlistment he was single and gave his uncle Thomas Milville as next of kin (address 960 East 26th avenue Vancouver, British-Columbia).

His trade before enlistment was truck driver (1938-39), but he was also a fisher from (1934-35). He also stated that he was a milk salesman. He drop school at he age of 8 in order to work.

There is an article in the Barrie’s Examiner of October 1940 describing his car theft. “According to the journalist, William Green wanted to bring back the car, he just wanted to do a joy-ride. The car belonged to Jorry’s garage. Found guilty of car theft in Barrie, Ontario on September 1940. Sentence to be without pay from September 27th to April 9th, 1941 (end of his jail sentence)”

June 27th, 1941 : He passed a Kahn test (syphilis)

End of  July : Sailed from Halifax, arrived in Liverpool, England on August 19th

November 15th : Accused of drunkenness for the first time.

December 3rd : Posted to the 22nd Canadian Field Ambulance.

Hospitalized at the 4th Canadian Casualty Clearing Station from March 14th, 1942 to the18th. Cause : Balanitis (penis inflammation) and Balanophosthilis

On July 9th, 1942 he caused damage to a wheel drive vehicle because of careless driving. Condemned to 10 days without pay.

January 10th, 1943 : He used a weapon without permission inside a nisson hut, he broke two lamps and do some holes in the ceiling with the bullets. Condemned to 26 days without pay.

May 18th : He left unattended a all wheel drive vehicle which was under his responsibility. Condemned to 2 days without pay.

January 15th, 1944 : Received the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with the clasp.

February 19th : Permission granted to marry Kathleen O’Sullivan. (they needed the permission from the army before they got married) He married her on April 19th. They knew each other for one year. She was born in Ireland and lived in Bournemouth, Hampshire, England when she married. Her father was living in Ireland.

June 6th (D-day) : Embarked for France on June 2, landed on the coast on the same day . According to the official history of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, the 22nd Field Ambulance (his unit) landed in France around 6:00 pm on that day

August 29th : Accused and condemned of Public disturbance under the influence of alcohol.

May 21st 16:30, 1945 until May 28th 16:15 he was hospitalized at the 39th British General Evacuation Unit for a concussion laceration scalp over left ear. He stated that the cause of his wound “I was a passenger in a truck and I was turning 8 C.I.B. something hit our truck in the rear that’s all I know

June 10th : 10 days permission

Died on June 10 th 1945 at 22:10 in Lambeth Hospital. Excerpt from his medical report “Both men have been drinking very heavily and on Pte Rempel’s admission were consuming whisky, gin and beer. They continued to buy liquor in this same Public house until closing time which was about 22:10 hrs. An argument had broken out involving the two Cdn soldiers while in this establishment, but had not according to Rempel, assumed serious proportion.

Summary from the police report : “After Pte Green had left the pub, the argument continued outside, in the course of which Pte Green was struck in the face by a civilian (as yet to be unidentified). Green had been standing on the roadway and on being forced back by the blow, his heel caught the curb and he fell heavily on the pavement, is head striking the cement.”

June 16th: His funeral and buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery in United. Kingdom.

His wife Kathleen O’Sullivan returned to live with her father in Ireland after his death. Confirm by the correspondence address. Canadian Army sent her the last cheque on February 21st, 1946 for a total of 314.74 $, nine moths after his death. This was the total amount own to her including the personal money of William Private Green when he died.

Although the war was over in Europe, men continued dying of accident while serving their country. The story of Private Green is a probant example of a stupid accident that caused death to a Canadian soldier still serving long after the war was over.

If you know more information on this gentleman, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography

Private William Clifford Green medals

Private William Clifford Green gravestone in Brookwood cemetery

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