Lewis, Eldred, Mark and Peter sign-up for war

Reprinted from The Packet, June 19, 2018
by Lester Green

Seaman Lewis Green, St. Jones Without (photo courtesy Myrtle Parrott)

Lewis (Louis) was the oldest child of Caleb and Leah (Follett) of St. Jones Without and he enlisted on September 21, 1916. Records indicate that he spent five weeks at St. John’s conducting drills onboard the HMS Calypso. A medical exam conducted on September 21 found him medical fit for service but further testing on his ears uncovered that he had a chronic disease of the ear. He was demobilized a month later because of this condition and returned to St. Jones Without.

Lewis married Mary Jane, daughter of James Green, on June 3, 1925. They had two children before Mary Jane passed on August 2, 1929. Lewis re-married on December 9, 1936 to Dorcas, daughter of Eliol and Myria (Hiscock) Green of St. Jones Without. Lewis moved his family across Trinity Bay to Winterton, when the community was abandon in the 1950s.

Seaman Eldred Green (photo courtesy his grandson, Gus Kellan)

Eldred was born June 13, 1898 to Jasper and Martha (Baker) and he enlisted on April 19, 1917. He was assigned to the Royal Canadian Navy just days after the Halifax Explosion on December 9, 1917 and drafted to the HMCS Niobe. He spent the next 12 months carrying out his duties. On December 21, he returned home and spent his final months assigned to the HMS Briton until his demobilization on April 11, 1919. Eldred returned from the war and married Millie Coates of Winterton on January 9, 1919. They lived at St. Jones Without until the tragic loss of their daughter Annie, who died on the barrens of exposure before searchers could locate her. The family moved to Millie’s home of Winterton where he passed away in 1974.

Seaman Mark Green (photo courtesy of his son, Clayton Green)

Mark Green was born in St. Jones Without on September 22, 1897 to Samuel and Lydia (Seward). Naval records indicate that he enlisted on August 27, 1917. However, the family list his enlistment in 1914. Family history records that Mark spent time on a hired drifter called Renown in 1916 during the time that the ship was torpedoed and he was thrown into the waters. He was located and transported to an hospital in France, where he recovered.  His Naval Service Ledger shows he returned overseas near the end of  December of 1917 and was assigned to the SS Macfarlene as an Attentive on January 1, 1918 where he spent a full year at this position.

He was transferred to the accounting books of HMS Vivid III on March 25, 1919 where he remained until receiving orders that he was being transferred home on April 12. He was demobilized on May 27 and returned to his home at St. Jones Without. He married Lillian, the daughter of Jehu and Mary Anne (Seward) Green of St. Jones Without, on June 3, 1919. He moved his family to Sunnyside in the late 1940s where he remained until his passing on August 19, 1982. His wife died seven years later and was buried next to him at the Anglican/United cemetery, Sunnyside.

Seaman Peter Green (photo courtesy his daughter Clara Temple)

Peter was the oldest son of 8 siblings born to Jacob and Mary(Spurrell) Green of St. Jones Without. He was among the last sailors to join from our area. He trained at the HMS Briton for less than two weeks starting on May 21, 1918 and was shipped overseas. When he arrived, he was assigned to the HMS Vivid III and completed three months training. He was drafted to SS Macedowa and spent three months serving as a crewmember. He was re-assigned to the HMS Vivid III and remained there until January 10, 1919. He received orders that he was going home on January 11 and transferred to the books of the HMS Briton. He was demobilized on April 4, 1919 and returned to his home at St. Jones Without. Peter married Stella, daughter of Jasper and Lillian(Downey) Green who was raised by Samuel and Lydia Green of St. Jones Without on June 29, 1932. Peter and Stella had four children and remained at St. Jones Without until they moved to Sunnyside. He died  on January 2, 1989 and is buried next to his wife, Stella, who passed away one year earlier.

July 1st, a day celebrated by Canadians as the birth of Canada but remembered by Newfoundlanders with more sombering  thoughts. Memorial Day we honour the greatest loss of men from the Royal Newfoundland Regiment at Beaumont Hamel and reflect on all of our young men from the Great War.