Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 2007, Kingsman Alexander William Green, 2nd Battalion, the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, was killed in Iraq.
He had previously been a Royal Marine cadet (hence the photo), but did not continue due to an injury. He went on to join the army at the age of nineteen, and proved to be dedicated and enthusiastic; he was popular among his peers, who found him to be a good listener when they needed someone to talk to. Kingsman Green set high standards for himself and took great pride in being a soldier.
On the day of his death he had been serving with Chindit Company, as part of a patrol that had been escorting a convoy out Basra City, when he was shot in the chest. He was treated immediately by a medic and then taken to the field hospital where he was operated on. Sadly he could not be saved.
Lieutenant Colonel Simon Hutchinson MBE said of him: “Kingsman Alex Green was one of our most promising young soldiers. He loved what he did, and everyone respected how he did it. His determination, friendly nature and enthusiasm were a real inspiration. If you could capture in one man all that a Kingsman could hope to be, you would struggle to come closer to the mark than him.”
Alexander, from Warrington, was 21 years old and left behind a two-year-old son.