John Berks's Story.
John Berks Green was born on 28 March and baptised at St Michael's Church, Macclesfield on 23 June 1897, the son of Ellen and John Robert Green, a grocer of 28 Chestergate, Macclesfield.
In 1901, four-year-old John was living at 52 Whalley Hayes, Macclesfield with his parents and siblings Harry (20), Elizabeth (19), Ellen (17), Edith (14) and Dorothy (8). Ten years later, in 1911, the family was living at "Kirkdene", a substantial twelve-roomed property at Whalley Hayes. John's family later lived at "Wyoming", 33 Victoria Rd., Macclesfield.
John was educated at Macclesfield Grammar School and Manchester University.
John probably joined the 8th (Territorial) Battalion of the Manchester Regiment whilst a student at Manchester University. As a second lieutenant, he was drafted overseas on 31 December 1916, and was killed in action less than one month later.
On 26 January 1917, the Macclesfield Times reported that John was missing in action:
LIEUT GREEN REPORTED MISSING -The official casualty lists issued last week-end contained the announcement that Second-Lieutenant J B Green is reported missing. Lieut Green is a son of Mr John Green of Macclesfield, and was serving with a battalion of the Manchester Regiment.
On 27 July 1917, the Macclesfield Advertiser reported that John had been killed in action.
2nd Lt John Green has no known grave and is commemorated on Panel Ref. Pier and Face 13 A and 14 C of the Thiepval Memorial in France. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for 2nd Lt John Green.
In Macclesfield, 2nd Lt John Green is commemorated on the Park Green, Town Hall, St Michael's Church and Macclesfield Grammar School war memorials.
Elsewhere, he is commemorated on the Manchester University war memorial.
GRO (England & Wales) Index: Births
Cheshire Parish Marriage Registers (Find My Past): St Michael’s Church, Macclesfield
Census (England & Wales): 1901, 1911
Soldiers Died in the Great War
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Macclesfield Times: 26 January 1917
Macclesfield Advertiser: 27 July 1917
Research by Rosie Rowley, Macclesfield.