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Family Notice Friday: J.H. Greene

Today's memorial notice was place in memory of my 1st cousin twice removed John Henry Greene by his Mother in Law and children in the Daily Mercury Newspaper on the 25th of August 1944.

Source: Trove. Family Notices (1944, August 25). Daily Mercury (Mackay, Qld. : 1906 - 1954), p. 2. Retrieved from


GREEN. Sacred to the memory of QX31358 Pte. J.H. Green (Bill) who was killed in action on August 16, 1943.
You'll never know the tragedy of growing old,
Of suffering, or loneliness, or pain,
Because your life, so brief, was colourful and gay,
A life that knew no loss, but only gain.
You made the greatest sacrifice a man could make son,
You died to make it safe for us to live.
And we salute you with a silent prayer to-day,
The best and only gift your friends can give.
(Inserted by your loving mother-in-law, Mrs. M.E. Lenton, also Billy, Donald, and Beulah Green.)

John Henry Greene born in 1910 was the son of William James Greene and his wife Bridget Stevens (for more see here).  In 1936 he married Ada Emma Uzinger nee Clark in Queensland. On the 4th of November 1939 John enlisted in the Australian Army at Townsville, he was discharged on the 16th of March 1940 (see here).  Unfortunately John's wife Ada Emma Greene died on the 24th of November 1941.  Then on the 8th of April 1942 he enlisted once again in the Australian Army, sadly he was killed in action on the 16th of August 1943 in Papua New Guinea (see here). He was buried at the Lae War Cemetery in Papua New Guinea (John's Commonwealth War Graves information can be found here).

QLD BDM Marriage Index

  • 1936 B25734 John Henry Greene Ada Emma Uzinger

QLD BDM Death Index

  • 1941 C4620 Ada Emma Greene David Graham Clark Minnie Evelyn Graham
  • 1944 S1724 John Henry Greene William Greene Bridget Stevens


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