He enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1915 with the 124th Battalion nicknamed “124th pals”. The Pals endured the German gas attacks at Vimy Ridge and the intense trench warfare at Passchendaele, Belgium. Mr. Green was awarded the Military Medal for his bravery in the face of heavy enemy fire when he led four teams of horses pulling an ammunition wagon to front line troops.
Mr. Green also served in the 27th Veterans Guard in World War II, and after, joined the Queen’s Own Rifles. In 1953 he was promoted to WOI and appointed as Regimental Sergeant Major, an appointment he held until 1955.
Mr. Green also served as the President of The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 344 (Queen’s Own Rifles), Toronto, Ontario.
He had two passions in life: the army and his family which included his son James who also served as Regimental Sergeant Major.
In 1985 Green, Fred Holm and 14 other World War I veterans revisited battle sites in France and Belgium.
Duncan passed away on May 20, 1988.
With content from RCL Magazine