Keith Eddowes GREEN

GREEN, Keith Eddowes

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 19 August 1914, Morphettville Racecourse, South Australia
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Glenelg, Holdfast Bay, South Australia, 29 January 1893
Home Town: Prospect, Prospect, South Australia
Schooling: St Peter's Collegiate School, Adelaide; Kyre College, South Australia
Occupation: Shipping Clerk
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, 25 April 1915, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Beach Cemetery - ANZAC Cove
Plot I, Row I, Grave No. II. His name is located at panel 59 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, ACT.
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide Rowing Club WW1 Pictorial Honour Board, Adelaide Royal Oak Lodge Honor Roll, Adelaide St Mary Magdalene Church Honour Roll, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Glenelg and District WW1 & WW2 Honour Board, Hackney St Peter's College Fallen Honour Board, Prospect Roll of Honour A-G WWI Board, Prospect St Cuthbert's Church Honour Board, Prospect St Cuthbert's Church Keith Eddowes Green Memorial Plaque
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, Officer, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 10th Infantry Battalion, Morphettville Racecourse, South Australia
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant, Officer, 10th Infantry Battalion,

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25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, Officer, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli

CAPTAIN KEITH GREEN - from the Adelaide Chronicle 08 May 1915

The late Captain Keith Eddowes Green was formerly a lieutenant in the 73th Infantry. He was born on January 29, 1893, and joined the 10th Infantry Regiment in June, 1912. The deceased was the only son of the late Mr. T. W. Green, who for many years was chief clerk in the Chief Secretary's office, Adelaide. He lived formerly in the Mitcham district, and for some time attended Archdeacon Clampett's Sunday-school in connection with St. Columbia's Church, Hawthorn. Captain Green was educated at St. Peter's College, and at the time of leaving for the front was engaged in the accountant's branch of the Adelaide Steamship Company. He was a keen oarsman, and as a member of the Adelaide Rowing Club competed in a number of events, for which he received various club trophies. One of the deceased's sisters is Mrs. T. Horton, of Joyce Park, Lower Mitcham, with whom the widowed mother stayed from time to time, and whose address was given as that of his next of kin. When in the early stages of the Morphettville camp Captain Seager was seriously ill it was the late Captain Green who took his place. As a lad the deceased filled an enthusiastic part in the Boy Scout movement."

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Son of  Thomas and Mary Green

His father was deceased by the time he enlisted having died in 1913.

Previous service:
Lieutenant in Citizen Military Forces

He was the 7th man to enlist in South Australia on the outbreak of war.

Being 21 years old, a shipping clerk from Prospect, South Australia when he enlisted on 19 August 1914. 

A Member of the Adelaide Rowing Club and an officer in the Citizens Forces, Keith Green was commissioned as a Lieutenant on enlistment. 

His Next of Kin was listed as his mother Mrs T W Green, c/o Mrs Horton, Durdin Road, Joyce Park, Lower Mitcham, South Australia.

He embarked for overseas from Outer Harbour, Port Adelaide, on 20 October 1914 aboard HMAT Ascanius.

Initially allocated to C Company of the 10th Battalion, he was subsequently promoted Captain and re-assigned to B Company. 

After training in Egypt, the 10th Battalion were amongst the first ashore at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, at around 4.30am on 25 April 1915.

25/4/1915     Captain Green was Killed on the initial landing at Anzac, Dardanelles, Gallipoli Peninsula

buried in:      an Australian Cemetery, Anzac Cove, Gallipoli
                        Grave 7, Row XI

reburied in:  Beach Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
                   Plot I,  Row K, Grave 2

1914-15 Star (2922); British War medal (4713); Victory medal (4712);
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (356329)

His name is commemorated at his parents grave at North Road Church of England Cemetery,
Adelaide, South Australia.

He is also commemorated on a personal tribute in the Propsect St Cuthbert Anglican Church, and the Adelaide Rowing Club.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  19/4/2015.   Lest we forget.


 From the book Fallen Saints, by Robert Kearney

Keith Eddowes Green of Glenelg, South Australia was born in 1893 and gained his early education at Kyre College (now Scotch College) then later attended the Collegiate School of St Peter.

Keith was a keen oarsman and as a member of the Adelaide Rowing Club competed in numerous events, for which he won a variety of trophies.

After leaving school, he gained employment in the accounting branch of the Adelaide Steamship Company Ltd and maintained his commitment to the Militia.

In June 1912, after having served three years as a cadet, he was posted to the 10th Australian Infantry Regiment (Adelaide Rifles) as a second lieutenant but a month later, transferred to the 79th (Torrens) Infantry. When promoted to lieutenant in February 1914 he was given command of the units at Prospect and Nailsworth.

Lieutenant Green was among the first South Australian officers to volunteer for service abroad and was posted to G Company, 10th Battalion on the day Morphettville Camp opened.

In September, Captain Seager, the Officer Commanding C Company was bed ridden with pneumonia and Lieutenant Green temporarily replaced him; Seager did not recover in time to embark and Green was formally appointed OC G Company.

When C and E Companies merged to form the new B Company in January, Lieutenant Green was promoted to Captain, appointed 2IC to Major Oldham in B Company and killed during the landing; he was 22 years of age.

In a letter to Green’s mother dated 7 May 1915, Colonel Weir advised Mrs Green her son had been killed in action on April 25 or 26 ‘while bravely fighting for the Empire.’

‘I am sure you will be glad to know that he was leading his men and bravely urging them to stick to their position, which we had to hold at all costs. The cost was, indeed dreadful! Your dear son was a brave soldier, and no soldier desires a more glorious death than to be killed in action. [i]

[i] Lock, C B L, The Fighting 10th - A South Australian Centenary Souvenir of the 10th Battalion, AIF 1914-19, Webb & Son, Adelaide, 1936, p. 177