First World War in Headington and Marston, Oxford

Frank GREEN (1884–1916)

Frank Green

Frank Green was born in New Marston in 1884, the youngest son of Samuel James Green (born in Kennington, Berkshire in 1842/3 and baptised there on 5 March1843) and Elizabeth Sarah Sibley (born in Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, Dorset in 1846).

Frank's father was a driver in the Royal Horse Artillery and based in their barracks at Woolwich when he was married there to Elizabeth on 12 February 1871. They had eight children:

  • Samuel Arthur Green (born in Wonford, Devon in 1871, reg. St Thomas district fourth quarter)
  • Herbert Charles Green (born in Cosham/Hilsea, Hampshire in 1873, reg. Portsea district third quarter)
  • Florence Elizabeth Green (born in Chiseldon, Wiltshire in 1874, reg. Highworth district fourth quarter)
  • Walter Charles Green (born in Wroughton, Wiltshire in 1876, reg. Highworth district fourth quarter)
  • Edith Jane Green (born in Crudwell, Wiltshire in 1878, reg. Malmesbury district fourth quarter)
  • George Edward Green (born in Whitehill, Painswick, Gloucestershire in 1880, reg. Stroud district second quarter)
  • Louisa Green (born in Stroud, Gloucestershire in 1882, reg. Stroud district fourth quarter)
  • Frank Green (born in New Marston in 1884 and baptised at St Clement's Church on 25 January 1885).

At the time of the 1871 census Frank’s newly-wed parents were lodging in Devon at Old Abbey Cottages, Topsham Road, Heavitree with the family of Isaac Hawkins, a gardener, and his laundress wife Eliza. Frank’s father, Samuel James Green, was still in the Royal Horse Artillery. They were still in that area at the end of the year when their first son Samuel was born.

They were living near Portsmouth in 1873 and then in three different villages in Wiltshire (Chiseldon, Wroughton, and Crudwell) from 1874 to 1878.

By the middle of 1880 Frank's parents had moved to Painswick in Gloucestershire. The 1881 census shows Samuel (37), who had left the army and was working as a coachman, living at Salmon's Mill in Painswick with his wife Elizabeth (33) and their first six children Samuel (9), Herbert (7), Florence (6), Walter (4), Edith (2), and George (ten months).

They appear to have been living in Painswick in Gloucestershire in 1882, but shortly before Frank’s birth near the end of 1884 they settled in New Marston, which was then in the civil parish of Headington.

The 1891 census shows Frank (6), who was at school, living Thanet Cottage, William Street (now numbered 19) with his father Samuel (46), who was employed as a groom and gardener, his mother Elizabeth (43), and five of his siblings: Herbert (18), who was working as a moulder; Walter (14), who was a general labourer; and Edith (12), George (10), Louise (8). His sister Florence (16) had gone into service, and was living as a kitchenmaid at Dr Ince’s house at Christ Church.

In 1901 Frank (16) was working as a page at Jesus College and spent the night there. Meanwhile his father Samuel (56), who was now just working as a gardener, and his mother Elizabeth (54) were still at William Street with Frank's sister Louisa (18).

By the time of the 1911 census Frank (25) was working as a college servant at Hertford College and was back home at Thanet Cottage in William Street, living with his father Samuel (67), now described as a jobbing gardener, and his mother Elizabeth (65). Also living with them were his married Louisa (28) with her husband Arthur William West,, who was a college servant at Jesus College, and their baby daughter Iris.

Frank’s mother, Elizabeth Sarah Green, died at the age of 68 in the second quarter of 1914 in the Headington registration district.

On 24 May 1915 at St Clement's Church, Frank Green, who was now the servant of an officer of the Royal Fusiliers and based at an army camp in Epsom, married Elizabeth Purcell Humphreys (born in 1883/4) of 30 Rectory Road. They moved into Elizabeth's home, and do not appear to have had any children.

Poppy In the First World War Frank Green served as a Private in the 9th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers (Service No. 5838). He was killed in action at the at the Somme in France at the age of 32 on 7 July 1916.

Green's name on Hertford memorial


He has no known grave, but is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial (Pier and Face 8C, 9A, and 16A); on the war memorial in Hertford College, Oxford (right), which gives his date of death as 1 July instead of 7 July; and on the New Marston War Memorial on the Marston Road, Oxford.

He left £144 11s. 4d. in his will, and administration was granted in Oxford to his wife, Elizabeth Purcell Green.


New Marston War Memorial

Frank’s father
  • Samuel Green died at the age of 76 in 1919 (reg. fourth quarter) in the Headington registration district.
Frank’s widow
  • Mrs Elizabeth Purcell Green was still living at 30 Rectory Road in east Oxford just after the war. She may be the Elizabeth P. Green who died in Bristol in 1961 at the age of 78.
Frank’s sister
  • Louisa Green (born 1882) was living in Headington when on 29 July 1908 at Cowley St John Church she married Arthur William West (a college servant of 8 Green Street. Their daughter Iris Elizabeth West was born at 19 Bedford Street on 3 September 1910 and baptised at Cowley St John Church on 16 October.

See also
  • CWGC: Green, Frank (confirmed by FindMyPast as having been born in New Marston)
  • Oxford Journal Illustrated, 6 September 1916: Photograph after he was reported missing (shown above with kind permission of Oxfordshire County Council, Oxfordshire History Centre)
  • Wikipedia: Royal Fusiliers

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