Robert Powell GREEN


GREEN, Robert Powell

Service Number: 5105
Enlisted: 14 February 1916, Melbourne, Vic.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 59th Infantry Battalion
Born: St. Kilda, Vic., 1895
Home Town: St Kilda East, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Grange Prepartory School; Melbourne C of E Grammar School
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, France, 23 November 1916
Cemetery: Bancourt British Cemetery
V B 18, Bancourt British Cemetery, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, MCC Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918 - Melbourne Cricket Club, Melbourne Grammar School WW1 Fallen Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

14 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 5105, Melbourne, Vic.
1 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5105, 5th Infantry Battalion
1 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 5105, 5th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suffolk, Melbourne
23 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, SN 5105, 59th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

ROBERT POWELL GREEN who was killed in action in France on 23rd November 1916 was the only son of Mr. A. E. Green. He was born in 1895 and entered the School in 1908. He passed junior Public. in 1913 and left at the end of the following year. On enlistment he joined the 5th Battalion and was subsequently transferred to the 59th Battalion. He was a fine young fellow, who had won the respect and love of his comrades. One of his mates writes thus of him : "As
well as being a good fellow, Bob was all through a man. He always played the game, whether in a tight corner or out in the villages where the inclination was to have what's generally called 'a good time.' We `clerked it' in brigade orderly room in Egypt-nice khaki shirt and boots always clean. Together we contemptuously turned down the offer of a job in the A.I.F. Headquarters. We wanted to
go to the front with the boys. When we were together in No Man's Land, on listening posts and patrols, and when old Bob's hand, quietly pressed my ankle in that valley of death, I knew that he had heard something or seen something to sharpen the wits and electrify the nerves, and we were ready. Bob was one who never asked to be relieved of the No Man's Land jobs. He just took the task allotted to him and did his job, and gradually Bob Green became known as a
reliable man and good soldier. Promotion was very near when the call came. His end was absolutely painless. He was instantaneously killed, and from what I, his mate, know of the clean, manly, straight life he led as a soldier, he was prepared to stand where we all must stand some time." He was killed in the fighting on the Somme.