Richard John Green

Richard Green’s name is read out on every Founder’s Day as he was one of the OTs killed in the 1st World War – when he was aged 21. Recently, we’ve been piecing together his story.

Richard was born on 9th April 1898 in Camberwell in south London. He appears in the 1901 census aged 3, living at 25 Constance Road, Camberwell. His father John Green’s occupation was recorded as a Tailor’s Cutter, and he was also a widower.

The records show that John had married Mary Jane Arnold in Camberwell in 1897 but one year later Mary died aged 25. Conjecture, but she might well have died from complications following the birth of Richard.

Richard boarded at the School September 1907 – July 1915. Why he attended LWS is an interesting question that we cannot resolve at the moment. What we do know is that at this time, there were always a sprinkling of boarders who came from London but usually from north London. A link might be the name Arnold, his mother’s maiden name, as there had been Arnolds in Thame for many years – indeed an Elizabeth Arnold was living in the Nags Head in the 1881 Census, and the family had expanded by the early 20th century.

According to the obituary in the school magazine, Richard joined the Royal Fusiliers as soon as he was 18. He trained at Edinburgh and saw active service in Palestine, Egypt and France. He had returned from leave in England on 16th October and had rejoined on the western front, with the 1st Royal Sussex Regiment, when he was killed on 2nd November.



Richard John Green

Death Date:

2 Nov 1918

Death Location:

British Expeditionary Force

Enlistment Location:





Royal Sussex Regiment


4th Battalion



Type of Casualty:

Killed in action

Theatre of War:

Western European Theatre

This is the War Graves record for Richard with a photo of the gravestone.


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    • Hannah Spencer on 06/06/2015 at 10:17
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    Richard was a farm pupil at Preston on Stour near Stratford on Avon when he enlisted- my great uncle’s farm. I have been trying to find out a bit more about him. Is there any mention of this in the school obituary?

    1. The information in the Obituary in the Great War section is that he ‘moved to live with his aunt near Stratford upon Avon to take up farming.’ So thank you for adding more info. It looks as if we have two entry’s for Richard: the post and the obituary. Have you seen both?

    • Hannah Spencer on 27/07/2015 at 12:53
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    No, I haven’t. Is there any chance I could get a copy ?
    I wasn’t aware of his aunt living nearby- we have been wondering how he came to Preston. His name is one of the four on our war memorial

    1. The obituary referred to in the comment is on this web-site and can be found by clicking on the The Great War Tab in the menu bar.

    • Hannah Spencer on 23/05/2016 at 11:32
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    Could you tell me if there are any pictures of Richard in the school archives? I am planning to publish a book on local involvement in the two wars and it would be nice to include pictures if any are available. And would it be possible for you to let me have a photo of the school memorial with his name on?
    Thanks for your help

    1. Hannah…I’m afraid there are no identifiable photos of Richard but we will send you the photo of the board by email.

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