Biography

Birth date: 26 December 1919
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Grafton
Death date: 01 November 1950
Death place: Korea
Final rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: 237504 - Korea, 1950-1953
2/37504 - Korea, 1950-1953
NX121 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 2/2 Battalion
  • 2/11 Battalion
  • 3 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment
  • 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
  • 2/2nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 2/11th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
  • Date of Death: 01 November 1950
  • Unit: 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: 2/11th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : United States Silver Star

  • Unit: 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment
  • Conflict: Korea, 1950-1953

Photograph

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Korea, 1950-10. Lieutenant Colonel Charles Hercules Green DSO (left), Commanding Officer, 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), discusses a tactical situation with his Intelligence Officer (IO) Lieutenant Alfred “Alf” Argent. Green was mortally wounded in the evening of the 30th of...

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WIRUI, NEW GUINEA. 1945-10-10. INFORMAL PORTRAIT OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL CHARLES H. GREEN, COMMANDING OFFICER 2/11TH INFANTRY BATTALION.

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WIRUI BEACH, WEWAK, NEW GUINEA. 1945-09-04. LIEUTENANT COLONEL C.H. GREEN, COMMANDING OFFICER 2/11 INFANTRY BATTALION.

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EUBOEA ISLAND, GREECE. 1941-05-08. OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE 2/2ND AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY BATTALION NEAR THE VILLAGE OF PILI ON THE EVE OF THEIR DEPARTURE FROM THE ISLAND IN THE AEGEAN SEA AFTER ESCAPING FROM THE MAINLAND OF GREECE. THEY EVENTUALLY REJOINED THE AUSTRALIAN FORCES VIA TURKEY. FRONT ROW L...

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Amiriya, Egypt. NX121 Lieutenant Charles Hercules (Charlie) Green (standing) and Captain Adrian A. Buckley, 2/2nd Battalion, outside the tent they shared. (Original albums housed in AWM Private Records)

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Film

The Last Post Ceremony commemorating the service of (237504) Lieutenant Colonel Charles Hercules Green, 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, Korean War

The Last Post Ceremony is presented in the Commemorative area of the Australian War Memorial every day. The ceremony commemorates more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in war and other operations and whose names are recorded on the Roll of Honour. At each ceremony the story...

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Private Record

Heraldry

Swagger Stick : Lieutenant Colonel C H Green, 41 Battalion (The Byron Regiment)

Cane swagger stick with a white metal foot and ball top. The ball is made in two pieces, the join being around the equator, and features a raised 41 Battalion (The Byron Regiment) badge on the upper half.

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Slouch hat : Lieutenant Colonel C H Green, Australian Army

Khaki fur felt Australian Army slouch hat with four brass ventilating eyelets in the crown. A further pair of small brass eyelets are located lower on the crown, one on either side, where they would normally be concealed by a puggaree. The hat is without a puggaree and the brim is unbound. The turn...

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1903 Pattern water bottle : Lieutenant Colonel C H Green, 2/2 and 2/11 Battalions, AIF

Khaki cloth covered Australian Army issue, 1903 Pattern water bottle. The bottle is of blue enamelled steel and has a cork plug secured by a length of twine. A leather bottle carrier is attached by a pair of rings to a leather strap. The strap has a buckle for adjustment and a cotton webbing...

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Sam Browne belt : Lieutenant Colonel C H Green, Australian Army

Brown leather Sam Browne waist belt with shoulder strap. The belt is fitted with a double clawed brass buckle, and has a brass stud and a sliding leather loop to locate the free end of the belt tongue. A pair of reinforced brass 'D' rings are attached to the top edge of the belt, one at the left...

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Technology

Field binoculars : Lieutenant Colonel C H Green, Australian Army

Pair of black painted light alloy Carl Zeiss field glasses / service binoculars of Porro prism design. Magnification is x8 through 24mm lenses. The plastic eye pieces are individually tuned to achieve focus, and are graduated from -5 to +5. There is no central focussing wheel. The body of the field...

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Sound

ABC Radio program "AM Saturday" report on commemorations held in South Korea to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the commencement of the Korean War.

ABC Radio program "AM Saturday" report on commemorations held in South Korea to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the commencement of the Korean War. ABC reporter Sean Murphy travelled with the Official Australian Commemorative Mission and spoke with family members of (51839) Private Allen James...

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Timeline

Date of birth 1919-12-26 South Grafton, NSW.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1936-10-28 C Company, 41st Battalion.
Date commissioned 1939-03-20
Other units 1939-10-13 2/2nd Battalion.
Other 1940-02-13 Arrived MIddle East.
Date promoted 1941-03-12 Captain.
Other 1942-03-27 Arrived Ceylon.
Date promoted 1942-06-19 Temporary major.
Other 1942-10-19 Arrived New Guinea.
Other units 1942-12-30 - 1943-03-31 Instructor FAA Tactical School.
Other units 1943-06-26 Instructor Land Headquarters Tactical School.
Date returned to Australia 1943-10-31 Brisbane.
Other 1944-08-18 - 1944-11-01 Course - Land Headquarters Tactical senior officers.
Other 1944-12-30 Arrived Aitape.
Date and unit at appointment (Officers) 1945-03-09 - 1945-11-12 Commanding officer 2/11 Battalion, 6 Division, AIF. Green was the youngest commanding officer of an Australian infantry battalion during the Second World War.
Other units 1945-03-09 - 1945-11-12 Commanding Officer 2/11th Battaion.
Date promoted 1945-03-14 Temporary lieutenant colonel.
Other 1945-12-21 Reserve of Officers.
Date of honour or award 1947-04-14 Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.
Other units 1948-04-01 Commanding officer 41st Battalion.
Date of death 1950-11-01 Died of wounds, North Korea.