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GREEN, Allan Stanley (1883-1942) +

GREEN, Allan Stanley (1883-1942)

Alan Stanley Green was educated at Geelong Grammar School before entering Geelong College in 1898, leaving in 1901.
He gained the following academic awards at Geelong College:
1899, 1st, Gymnastics, 1st Class.
1900, 1st, Gymnastics, 2nd Class.
1901, 1st, Chemistry, Upper 4th Class.

He spent 3½ years in the Cape Mounted Police. Allan Green was born at Colac, Victoria on 27 September 1883, the son of Ernest Reginald Green and Elizabeth Jessie nee Rae.

During World War I he enlisted (No 908) in the AIF on 20 August 1914 as a gunner, and embarked on HMAT A9 Shropshire on 20 October 1914 for Egypt and Gallipoli.

He was at the Gallipoli Landing with 5 Battery, 2 Field Artillery Brigade. After three months on the Peninsula, he was invalided to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield Park, Middlesex, England, suffering from a broken ear drum and hearing loss. He was eventually returned to Australia, embarking on 8 October 1915.

In 1918 he married Miss Amy Marion McCallum, the daughter of D1..Ul.can and Mary Jane (Orr) McCallum, of Batesford.

After the First World War he spent time in New Britain as a Burns Philp & Co plantation manager near Rabaul (at Raulawat Plantation, North Coast Road, New Britain), and after the start of the Second World War he entertained several Collegians of the 8th Division AIF.

In 1941, Arthur Suns on wrote to tbe editor of The Pegasus about the visit:
'On Tuesday night Hope Kaufman and I visited the plantation owner, Mr Alan S Green, only to find he (had) lived in Claremont Avenue, Newtown, was an Old Collegian having left in 1901, and was a cousin of 'Lofty' (Kaufmann's) boss. irs Green was also a Geelong girl, so we had plenty to talk about, beside finding the world a small place. Mr Green made a special trip to Geelong in 1936, the year College won the Head of the River.'

When the Japanese invaded Rabaul he was interned, and eventually transported from Rabaul on the Montevideo Maru. H was on that ill-fated ship when she was sunk by an American submarine off the island of Luzon on 1 July 1942, carrying 845 Australian prisoners of war from Rabaul and W Ireland (members of Lark Force) and 208 civilians from Rabaul, including officials of the New Guinea Administration and missionaries. Lark Force comprised members of the 2/22nd Battalion AIF, New Guinea Volunteer Rifles, and Australian coastal defence battery, an anti-aircraft battery, an anti-tank battery and adetachment of the /10th Field Ambulance. Men from each of these unit were also aboard the Montevideo Maru, as were the civilians, including twenty missionaries, who had been living and working on New Britain when the Japanese came.

Pegasus noted his death:
'Alan S. GREEN, who had a plantation near Rabaul and entertained several Collegians of the 8th Division A.I.F in 1941, was made a prisoner after the Japanese occupation and is now presumed to have been lost at sea in July 1942. He was formerly a resident of Geelong, which he revisited in 1936.'

Allan Green's widow died in Hawthorn in 1969, aged 87, having never re-married.

Sources: Pegasus June 1946 p54; Geelong Collegians at the Great War p202 (citing Pegasus; National Archives of Australia); Geelong Collegians at the Second World War pp33-34 compiled by James Affleck. (Australian War Memorial, Australian War Graves Commission)
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