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  • Axel Alfred Green was born on 4 November 1892 in Tannas, Sweden.  His parents were John Green and Gertrude (Olson) Green.  Axel’s parents emigrated from Sweden with their 7 children in 1905/1906 and started farming in the Ostersund area of the Pellatt township near Keewatin/Kenora, Ontario.  Axel was their 2nd born child with Olaf (Ole) as the oldest and then after came Gustaf (Gustave), Oscar, Magnus, Edward and daughter Mary. Another daughter, Christina, was born after they immigrated to Canada.
    In 1911 both Axel and his older brother Ole were lodgers in westward Norman area of Kenora with Carl and Alma Carlson.  They were working at the local saw mill; Axel was in the mill yard as a labourer and Ole as a planer.  Their family also listed them on the census as living on the farm.

    Axel was conscripted into service in WW1. He passed his medical exam in Kenora on 06 November 1917 and signed his attestation papers on 04 February 1918 in Port Arthur. He had been living at home, was still single and working on the farm. His two brothers Gustave and Oscar were already in the army having signed with the 197th Battalion known as the ‘Vikings of Canada’. Axel was placed with the 1st Depot Battalion of Manitoba. He travelled to England with his unit in April 1918 and was transferred to the 18th Reserve Battalion. On 28 May 1918 he became ill with influenza and pneumonia and was admitted to #14 General Hospital in Eastbourne.  Just six days later he was placed on the “dangerously ill” list.  His condition didn’t start to improve until 11 June 1918 and it wasn’t until 23 August 1918 that he was discharged to duty. Axel was transferred to the 52nd Battalion and joined this unit in France in October of 1918.  He served there until returning to England in February of 1919.  Axel was repatriated to Canada in March and discharged due to demobilization on 31 March 1919 in Port Arthur.

    By 1921 Axel was once again listed as farming at the family homestead near Keewatin/Kenora along with his brothers Gustave, Magnus and Edward.Axel was a member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church and a member of the Vasa Lodge.  By 1946 he was living in the town of Kenora on 4th Avenue South.

    Axel Alfred Green passed away at the Kenora General Hospital on 3 August  1946.  He was only 54 years old.  Left to mourn his loss were his four brothers and two sisters, Olaf (Ole), Gustave (Gus), Magnus, Oscar, Christina ( Mrs. A. Wallman) and Mary (Mrs. William Potts).

    Axel was laid to rest in the Liberty View Block of the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora, Ontario.  His tombstone is engraved with the spelling as “Alex A.Green” as he was also known.  Mother Gertrude (d.1912) and father John (d. 1936) are also buried in this cemetery.

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  • Regimental Number:
  • 2383651
  • Service Record:
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  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 52nd Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Tannas
  • Country:
  • Sweden
  • Next of Kin:
  • Father: John Green, Post Office Box 261, Keewatin, Ontario
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • November 4, 1892
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Farmer
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Port Arthur, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • February 4, 1918
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 25
  • Religion:
  • Lutheran
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Conscripted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • August 3, 1946
  • Age at Death:
  • 53
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • LV 46E-44-3
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Axel Alfred Green was born on 4 November 1892 in Tannas, Sweden.  His parents were John Green and Gertrude (Olson) Green.  Axel’s parents emigrated from Sweden with their 7 children in 1905/1906 and started farming in the Ostersund area of the Pellatt township near Keewatin/Kenora, Ontario.  Axel was their 2nd born child with Olaf (Ole) as the oldest and then after came Gustaf (Gustave), Oscar, Magnus, Edward and daughter Mary. Another daughter, Christina, was born after they immigrated to Canada.
    In 1911 both Axel and his older brother Ole were lodgers in westward Norman area of Kenora with Carl and Alma Carlson.  They were working at the local saw mill; Axel was in the mill yard as a labourer and Ole as a planer.  Their family also listed them on the census as living on the farm.

    Axel was conscripted into service in WW1. He passed his medical exam in Kenora on 06 November 1917 and signed his attestation papers on 04 February 1918 in Port Arthur. He had been living at home, was still single and working on the farm. His two brothers Gustave and Oscar were already in the army having signed with the 197th Battalion known as the ‘Vikings of Canada’. Axel was placed with the 1st Depot Battalion of Manitoba. He travelled to England with his unit in April 1918 and was transferred to the 18th Reserve Battalion. On 28 May 1918 he became ill with influenza and pneumonia and was admitted to #14 General Hospital in Eastbourne.  Just six days later he was placed on the “dangerously ill” list.  His condition didn’t start to improve until 11 June 1918 and it wasn’t until 23 August 1918 that he was discharged to duty. Axel was transferred to the 52nd Battalion and joined this unit in France in October of 1918.  He served there until returning to England in February of 1919.  Axel was repatriated to Canada in March and discharged due to demobilization on 31 March 1919 in Port Arthur.

    By 1921 Axel was once again listed as farming at the family homestead near Keewatin/Kenora along with his brothers Gustave, Magnus and Edward.Axel was a member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church and a member of the Vasa Lodge.  By 1946 he was living in the town of Kenora on 4th Avenue South.

    Axel Alfred Green passed away at the Kenora General Hospital on 3 August  1946.  He was only 54 years old.  Left to mourn his loss were his four brothers and two sisters, Olaf (Ole), Gustave (Gus), Magnus, Oscar, Christina ( Mrs. A. Wallman) and Mary (Mrs. William Potts).

    Axel was laid to rest in the Liberty View Block of the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora, Ontario.  His tombstone is engraved with the spelling as “Alex A.Green” as he was also known.  Mother Gertrude (d.1912) and father John (d. 1936) are also buried in this cemetery.

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  • Green, Axel Alfred Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 2383651
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Battalion:
  • 52nd Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Tannas
  • Next of Kin:
  • Father: John Green, Post Office Box 261, Keewatin, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • November 4, 1892
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Sweden
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Farmer
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Port Arthur, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • February 4, 1918
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 25
  • Religion:
  • Lutheran
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Conscripted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • August 3, 1946
  • Age at Death:
  • 53
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • LV 46E-44-3
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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