Milton Greene signature

On this day in 1915, Milton Greene enlisted in Toronto. He had been born in Thurlow Township, Hastings County on July 27th, 1893 (he put 1894 on the attestation form), the son of Daniel Greene and Susan (née Minnie). Milton was a Mohawk. The family were living in Deseronto at the time of the 1901 census, where Daniel was working as a carpenter.

On signing up, Milton Greene was described as five feet five and a half inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair. He was given the regimental number 201385 and joined the 95th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He was living at 3 Lakeview Avenue, Toronto and working as a “hotel man”. His service record shows that he arrived in England on June 9th, 1916.

Greene was transferred to the 4th Battalion in France in September 1916 and was wounded a month later, on October 8th, at Courcelette. He sustained a fractured forearm as the result of a gunshot wound and was sent to England to recover. He was discharged from hospital in February 1917 and for a year he served in reserve battalions in England (with hospital stays where he received treatment for syphilis and for a tapeworm). He rejoined the 4th Battalion in France in April 1918. He received another injury, to his neck, in late September 1918 and was out of action for a month, going back to his unit at the end of October.

Milton Greene returned to Canada on the SS Belgic on April 23, 1919. In 1921 he was back in Toronto, living with his widowed mother, Susan. On July 24th, 1926 he married Marion Milne, a clerk. By this time, Milton was working as a bricklayer. He died at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on June 27th, 1966.

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