Private William Green MM

William “Bill” Green joined the Loyal Regiment (North Lancashire) in the Second World War. His cloth patch shows the Regiment’s badge, featuring a lion, the crown and a Lancashire Rose.

 

William Green's Loyal Regiment patch

He was awarded the Military Medal for gallant and distinguished service whilst in Italy, as noted in the original newspaper clipping listing his achievement. He sent these wonderful photographs home from Italy to his family, with annotations that give an insight into his cheerful personality. His charming portrait is marked “Perugia 23/1/45. Yours with love, Bill. Yours with regret it’s such a rotten photo.”

 

Newspaper clippings for William Green
Newspaper clippings for William Green

The group shot gives a glimpse of Bill and his comrades enjoying a rare few hours’ leave, enjoying a drink with soldiers from New Zealand posted in the same area. “From left to right, top row: Kiwi, Bar Proprietor, Tom Butler holding the bottle and glass, Loftry Levalt. Bottom row Me, another Kiwi, Barman. I haven’t mentioned the fellow between Butler and Loftry, it’s the Bog Man (Morrison).”

William Green and comrades outside bar
William Green and comrades outside bar

 

 

He survived the war and returned home to his family; Bill sadly passed away on 10 August 1986.

William Green and  family
William Green and family