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A Good Australian Infantry Casualty for the Somme.


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A Good Australian Infantry Casualty for the Somme.

British War Medal , Victory medals 3831 Pte D.J. Green 50 Bn A.I.F. and Memorial Plaque to Dudley John Green, Killed in action 4/9/16 and buried at Mouquet Farm on the Somme.

Dudley John Green was born on the 16thJuly 1891 to farmer Thomas Green and his wife Louisa at Boinhurst , in the parish of Bolnhurst and Keysoe about eight miles north east of Bedford.

His parents married in 1870 and he was one of the last of several children. The 1881 census shows the family living next door to the Plough inn in Bolnhurst. Interestingly Louisa’s family , the Fensom’s lived in the house the other side of the Plough. The pub is still there today trading under the same name. The 1911 census shows Dudley as one of several farm laborer’s working and boarding on a farm at St Mark’s, Hoibeach, Lincolnshire.

He must have decided on a new life and emigrated to Australia, sailing for Melbourne on the Demosthenes from London on 6/11/12. Judging by a letter from a lady friend enquiring about his welfare during the war, he seems to have settled at Renmark, River Murray, South Australia.

He is believed to have enlisted at Renmark on 23/9/15. Too late for Gallipoli, he arrived in Egypt on HMAT A28, Mitiades on the 2ndApril 1916.

The 50th Battalion raised in Egypt consisted of about 50% of veterans from the 10th Bn and 50% of fresh recruits from Australia. The battalion disembarked at Marseilles on 11/12th June and were sent to the Somme. It fought it’s first major battle at Mouquet Farm between 13 and 15thAugust and suffered heavily. it was involved in another assault launched there on the 3rdSeptember.

Charles Bean describes the struggle for the German trench Fabeck Grabben at Mouquet

Farm between 3 and 5thSeptember as one of the bitterest fights in the history of the AIF.

Dudley John Green’s Service Record, online states he was killed in action on 4th September 1916 and was buried at Mouquet Farm. The position of his grave must have been lost in the subsequent fighting as he is remembered on the Villers—Bretonneux Memorial.

Only entitled to the WW1 pair and memorial plaque.

Dudley John Green is listed on the War Memorial at Keysoe, Beds, one of just 12 lost in the Great War from the Boinhurst and Keysoe parish. A photograph of the memorial and a small write up on him can be seen by googiing ‘Keysoe War Memorial’.

 An interesting set of medals to an Anzac killed during one of Australia’s most bitterly fought engagements in WW1.

Medals Good/NVF, being a little polished.