1st Brecknock Battalion, South Wales Borderers, service no.
Killed in action near Aden, July 4th, 1915, aged 28
Buried at Maala Cemetery, Yemen; Commemorated
Heliopolis (Aden) Memorial
Twelve other Brecknocks died of heatstroke that day¹¹.
Ernie's brother Alfred (Monty) had also enlisted in the Brecknocks and was with Ernie when he died. Two other brothers were also on active service.
Alfred married Elizabeth Thomas in 1917 whilst still serving, returned from the war, and lived in Brecon, where his son, John Joseph Green, was born in 1920.
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Ernie was born in January, 1887 in Brecon, the son of Joseph Green and his wife Mary (nee Silk). The family lived at 77, The Watton, Brecon, and Joseph worked as an army pensions clerk, having previously been quarter master sergeant in the 24th Regiment, South Wales Borderers.
Ernie was well known in Wales as a footballer, having been the goalkeeper for Llanfaes Brigade for some years. He was also an expert
angler. He worked for A.H. Tyler and Sons, builders, for a number of years as a house painter alongside his brother Alfred (b.1890), known
as Monty. Ernie and Monty were the youngest of seven sons and one daughter.
He enlisted on September 14th, 1914 and went to Egypt and then Aden where he died of heatstroke during a forced march through the desert to Lahej and back on July 4th, 1915.