Topic: Trooper Hedley Charles Green

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A soldier of the Great War who died of wounds in Palestine.

Trooper Hedley Charles Green – 17069Hedley Charles Green 

Hedley was born 5 September 1894, son of William and Emma Green, of Hawkins, Canterbury. He attended Coalgate School and before enlisting he was a Railway Cadet, living in Christchurch. He had previous military experience having served with the Railway Engineers Corps. He was 5ft 5 ¾ inches tall with a fresh complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair.

Hedley enlisted 15 June 1915 and was assigned to the 16th Reinforcements. He was transferred to Medical Corps Records Department on 4th September then to the Hospital Records staff on 23 October after which he was transferred to the Quartermaster’s Stores on 20 January as a Sergeant. However at his own request he reverted to the rank of Private and was finally transferred to the Machine Gun Section on 24 June 1916. He embarked on board the Moeraki on 10 August 1916 then transhipped to the Mooltan at Sydney for Suez. He disembarked at Suez 21st September 1916 and joined his unit on 29th October 1916. He suffered serious gun-shot wounds to his legs on 19th April 1917 during the Second Battle of Gaza which was fought between 17 to 19 April 1917. He died of his wounds on 21 April 1917, aged just 23 and is buried in the Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Palestine. In New Zealand Hedley is remembered on the Malvern County War Memorial.

Researched and written by L M Seaton

Cemetery locale history: On 28 February 1917, the cavalry of the Egyptian Expeditionary Force entered Khan Yunus, midway between the Egyptian border and Deir el Belah causing the Turks to withdraw to Gaza and Beersheba. The railway was pushed forward to Deir el Belah, which became the railhead in April 1917, and an aerodrome and camps were established there. The cemetery was begun towards the end of March and remained in use until March 1919. Most of the burials were made either from field ambulances from March to June 1917, or from the 53rd, 54th, 66th and 74th Casualty Clearing Stations, and the 69th General Hospital, from April 1917 until the Armistice with Turkey. A number of graves, the majority of which were originally at Khan Yunus, were brought into the cemetery after the Armistice. The cemetery contains 724 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.

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Trooper Hedley Charles Green

First Names:Hedley Charles
Last Name:Green
Date of Birth:5 September 1894
Place of Birth:Hawkins, Selwyn
Date of Death:21 April 1917
Place of Death:Palestine
Memorial or Cemetery:Deir El Belah War Cemetery, Palestine.
Age at death:23
User Name:L. M. Seaton
Other names known by:Headly Charles on BDM
Occupation before enlisting:Railway employee
Marital Status:Single
Regiment or Service:New Zealand Mounted Rifles - 16th Reinforcements - Mounted Machine Gun Squadron
Country:New Zealand
Enlistment details:15 June 1915
Parents or Next of Kin:William and Emma Green, Hawkins, Canterbury
Service Number:17069
Rank last held:Trooper
Embarkation:10 Aug 1916
Place of Embarkation:Wellington
Theatres of War:Middle East
Cause of Death:Died of wounds