By office volunteer, Annette Gaykema.
Like all First World War Australian service records, his file has been digitised by the National Archives. In this file there is no notification of a promotion to the rank of Sergeant, so it appears that his last rank was Corporal, as is consistent with information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. This differs to the rank he is given in the Peterborough Book of Remembrance, and it suggests that an error may have been made when the Book was compiled.
He was officially reported as Killed In Action in October of 1916. His widow, Irene, remarried in 1921 and sent her new address details to the Base Records Office. She moved again later in 1925. Perhaps this new life away from Parkville with her new family meant that, when the request was issued in the local community for names for the Parkville memorial, she was out of touch.
The Australian War Memorial has digitised all of the Red Cross Wounded and Missing files that they hold in their collection. A file for Cpl. Green was opened when his brother, Albert Green made an enquiry into the circumstances of his death. Albert Green’s address is listed as Old Queen Street in Westminster, England, and so he may not have been in regular contact with Cpl. Green’s wife in Australia. While the witness accounts in the Red Cross Wounded and Missing files can often be contradictory, the statements in this particular file seem fairly consistent: Cpl. Green died in No Man’s Land and was buried a few days later. His personal effects were removed from his body and sent back to his family.
We now know a bit more about the circumstances surrounding Cpl. Sidney Green’s death. While he may not have an inscription on a war memorial in Melbourne, he is commemorated, as are all Australian war dead, on the National War Memorial.