Service Number: 1874
Enlisted: 13 March 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Pioneer Battalion
Born: Kapinnie, South Australia, 10 March 1891
Home Town: Mount Hope, Lower Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
Schooling: Kapinnie Public School, South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Menin Road, Belgium, 30 September 1917, aged 26 years
Cemetery: White House Cemetery, Belgium
Plot III, Row S, Grave No. 15,
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cummins War Memorial, Port Lincoln & District Honor Roll WW1, Port Lincoln Garden of Remembrance
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World War 1 Service

13 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1874, 5th Pioneer Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1,

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11 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1874, 5th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide
2 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1874, 5th Pioneer Battalion, Battle for Pozières
20 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1874, 5th Pioneer Battalion, Menin Road
30 Sep 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1874, 5th Pioneer Battalion, Polygon Wood

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Father David Green and  Mother Charlotte (nee LOCK) Green, of Mount Hope, SA (via Pt Lincoln)

Next of kin in service:   Cousins:  Pte George HURRELL, killed in action;
                                                    Pte Sidney NESS, killed in action.

Described on enlisting as 26 years old; single; 5’ 6 ¾ “ tall; 145lbs; medium complexion;
blue eyes; brown hair;  Church of England.

6/3/1916            Completed medical in Adelaide – fit for service

13/3/1916          Enlisted in Adelaide

20/3/1916          Commanding Officer appointed John to
                         Light Horse, 2nd depot battalion, Adelaide

11/4/1916          Embarked from  Adelaide  on board  HMAT A60 Aeneas
                         2nd Reinforcements , 5th Australian Pioneers
29/4/1916          Disembarked at Colombo

29/4/1916          Admitted to Military Hospital, Colombo – measles
20/5/1916          Discharged from hospital

9/6/1916            Disembarked at Suez ex HMAT 'Hororata ' from Colombo

2/7/1916            Transferred from miscellaneuos reinforcements to the
                          5th Australian Pioneers at Tel-el-Kebir , Egypt

2/8/1916             Embarked at Alexandria , per SS 'Franconia'

15/8/1916           Marched in 15th Training Battalion , Larkhill , England

21/8/1916           Marched in from overseas, Larkhill

26/8/1916           Marched out to Parkhouse Camp - Pioneer Training Battalion

13/10/1916         Admitted sick to Brigade Hospital
16/10/1916         Discharged to duty
20/10/1916         readmitted to hospital
3/11/1916           Discharged – total 19 days

2/11/1916           Offence at Perham
                          'Gambling in that he was playing a prohibited game in tent names 'Crown and anchor’
3/11/1916           Awards : 168 hours Detention till 9 november 1916
12/11/1916         Discharged to duty

12/11/1916         Proceeded to France, via Folkestone ,  per SS 'Onward'
                          Marched in 5th Australian Divisional Base Depot at Etaples

23/11/1916        Marched out to unit

26/11/1916        Taken on strength, in the field , 5th Pioneer Battalion

24/8/1917          With 5th Pioneer Battalion unit in the field

All 5 Australian Divisions were engaged in the Third Battle of Ypres that is sometimes known as the Battle of Passchendaele. During the period July - November 1917 the Australian victories included Menin Road, Polygon Wood and Broadseinde. For the first time all the Australian Divisions fought side by side at Broadseinde. The fighting lasted for eight weeks.

30/11/1917        Killed in action during the Battle of the Menin Road

Buried at:           Pioneer Area, Road to Dickenbecke

9/1/1920            Later reburied in:     Plot III,  Row S , Grave 15
                                                        White House Cemetery
                                                        St Jean-les-Ypres, Ypres,
                                                        West-Vlaanderen, Flanders, Belgium

WWI 1914/15 Star;  British War medal (36098); Victory medal (35825).
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (332442).

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  9 October 2014.  Lest we forget.


Mr. and Mrs. David Green, of Kapinnie, west coast, have been advised that their second son, Pte. John Green, was killed in action on September 30. The deceased soldier was born at Kapinnine 26 years ago, and had lived in the district until his enlistment, in March, 1916. He   was respected by all who knew him. Pte. Green followed the occupation of a farmer. A younger brother, Dvr. O. Green, enlisted in October, 1915, and is still fighting in France." - from the Adelaide Register 02 Nov 1917 (