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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Name  John Green
Rank  Captain
Battles/wars  World War I
Service/branch  British Army

Unit  The Sherwood Foresters
Battles and wars  World War I
Years of service  1914-1916 †
Role  Armed force officer
Awards  Victoria Cross
John Leslie Green
Born  4 December 1888 Buckden, Huntingdonshire, England (1888-12-04)
Buried at  Foncquevillers Military (CWGC) Cemetery
Died  July 1, 1916, Foncquevillers, France
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John Leslie Green VC (4 December 1888 – 1 July 1916) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


Early life

Born in Buckden, Huntingdonshire to John George and Florence May Green, Green attended Felsted School, and went on to study medicine at Downing College, Cambridge, and St. Bartholomew's Hospital,in London. At the outbreak of the First World War, he had not yet completed his medical studies, but was commissioned into the Royal Army Medical Corps. Green married Miss E M Moss on 1 January 1916.

Military career

Green served as a captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps, British Army, attached to 1/5th Battalion, The Sherwood Foresters (The Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). He saw action in the Battle of Loos. He was 27 years old, when he performed a deed for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross during the disastrous diversionary attack made by the 46th Division at Gommecourt on 1 July 1916 as part of the opening day of the Battle of the Somme.


For most conspicuous devotion to duty. Although himself wounded, he went to the assistance of an officer who had been wounded and was hung up on the enemy's wire entanglements, and succeeded in dragging him to a shell hole, where he dressed his wounds, notwithstanding that bombs and rifle grenades were thrown at him the whole time. Captain Green then endeavoured to bring the wounded officer into safe cover, and had nearly succeeded in doing so when he himself was killed.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Army Medical Services Museum in Aldershot, England.


Leslie Green has a road named after him in Houghton, Cambridgeshire. He is listed on the Roll of Honour in the village church.


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