Dr. Andrew Calder Green was born September 25th, 1906 in Chesley, Ontario. He was the 2nd of 7 children born to John Allen Green and the former Jessie Irene Carnagie. Dr. Green’s paternal grandmothers maiden name was Calder. His father was a carpenter and his siblings were: Carnegie “Gerald” Green, James “Frederick” Green (who died at the age of 10), Florence Elizabeth Green, William “Leslie” Green, Douglas Reid Green and Alfred Kenneth Green. Dr. Green was educated in the local Chesley school system and he graduated from the Chesley High School prior to attending The University of Toronto.
Dr. Green graduated with his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1930. He continued his studies at The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and obtained his M.D. in 1936. Dr. Green interned for two years at Toronto Western Hospital. In 1938 Dr. Green started work as a physician at the Port Arthur Clinic and he worked there until he enlisted in the Army in June of 1940.
Dr. Green married Mildred Elizabeth Gosnell on June 27th, 1940 in Kakabeka Falls, Ontario. Mrs. Green was born in Harwich Twp, (Chatham-Kent) on the 27th of August 1913. She was the 4th of 5 children born to John Lee Gosnell and the former Annie Keown. Her parents were farmers and her siblings were; Muriel, Kathleen, Jean and Leah. Mrs. Green graduated as a registered nurse.
Dr. Green was in the Medical Corp of the 22nd Regiment during WWII. He was stationed at Camp Borden before transferring to Ottawa, followed by St. John, New Brunswick and Debert, Nova Scotia. Dr. Green was sent overseas in 1942. On the 12th of July, 1944, Dr. Green was dispatched to Normandy, France where he worked at a mobile hospital unit for the seriously wounded for about 6 weeks. In September of 1944, Dr. Green was promoted to the rank of major. He was discharged in February of 1945. Dr. Green was quoted as saying that, blood, sulpha and penicillin were the “miracles of war” and once a person was “dangerously” wounded in the battle zones, the death of that person is “very, very much decreased” once he gets into the hands of the medical corps.
Upon returning to Canada, Dr. Green set up his practice in the municipal building on George Street in Blenheim.
Dr. and Mrs. Green were the proud parents of 4 children; Peter, Ken, Kathleen and David.
Dr. Green was the President of the Kent County Medical Society in 1950. He sat on the Blenheim Public School Board and the Blenheim District High School Board. Dr. Green was a member of the A.F. & A.M. Masonic Lodge, the Canadian Legion and the Rotary Club. Dr. Green enjoyed playing golf, fishing and camping in his trailer.
Dr. Green’s son, Peter became a physician and he worked with his father in the Blenheim practice for 20 years. Father and son had their medical offices on Talbot Street in Blenheim. In 1975 they opened a new office on Ellen Street. Also in 1975, Dr. Andrew Green received the Glenn Sawyer from the Ontario Medical Association. This award is bestowed upon a physician who has greatly contributed to their community and the medical profession.
In 1972, Dr. and Mrs. Green resided at 114 McGregor Street.
Mrs. Green died on the 23rd of February, 1987. Dr. Green died on the 13th of June, 1991. Dr. and Mrs. Green were buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Blenheim.
*Dr. Green appears on the Gathering Our Heroes website. His brother’s Leslie and Douglas served with the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII. His brother Alfred Kenneth Green was a pilot who served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. Sadly, he was killed in a flying accident on the 19th of August, 1944. He was buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey, England.
**Dr. Green’s son Dr. Peter Green is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.
Editor’s Note: Dr. Green’s mother’s name is listed as Jessie Irene Carnegie on many documents, including her children’s birth records but her own birth record reflects her name as Jessie Anderson Carnegie. On her tombstone at the Chesley Cemetery her name is recorded as Jessie A. (Carnegie) Green 1878-1958.