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Oakville soldiers in the 164th: Bremner Green

Bremner Green (probably) From the photograph of the Oakville contingent of the 164th.

Charles Bremner Green (1897-1941) was nineteen, and had just graduated from the University of Toronto Schools, when he signed up as a lieutenant in the 164th in April 1916. He said he was born in Toronto, but that’s probably because that’s where the birth was registered. When he married Marion Baillie in 1923, he explained that he was born at sea, while his parents were en route to Australia. He trained with the 164th for a year, and in April 1917 sailed for England. Once there he moved between the 164th and various reserves until August, when he was attached as a Flying Officer to the Royal Flying Corps.

He trained in England and Egypt, then was posted to 47 Squadron and went to Salonika in Greece where he flew an S.E.5a fighter plane. When the Royal Air Force was established in April 1918, the fighter wing of 47 Squadron was detached and added to the new 150 Squadron.

S.E.5a from Wikipedia

On April 13th 1918 Green shared a victory over a German Albatros, near Brajkovik. Over the next three months he had eleven victories in all, becoming one of Canada’s war aces. His record can be found on the Aerodrome website. He developed ‘flying sickness’, and returned to England in September to command Camel Flight, 6 Wing in Eastbourne. He was injured in a crash in January 1919 and was invalided home to Canada. Green was Mentioned in Despatches, and awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Croix de Guerre avec Palme.

Between the wars he was a bond trader, but when the second world war broke out, he enlisted in the RCAF. In November 1940 he was posted as a flying instructor to No. 5 Service Flying Training School in Brantford, and in August 1941 to No. 16 Service Flying Training School in Hagersville. In October 1941 he went to the Toronto Military Hospital to be treated for an old foot injury, and died after falling accidentally from a second story window. At the time of his death, Bremner Green was a Squadron Leader.

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