He appears on the 1881 census as a ten month old baby living at Great Sarratt Hall, Hertfordshire with his family. The head of the family was William Green, a 28 year old Australian landowner (born in Melbourne) who is noted on the census as a farmer of about 300 acres and employing eight men and two boys. His 27 year old wife Marian had been born in Rickmansworth and they had three children: Helen Green (aged three, born in Sarratt), Lilian Green (aged one, born in Rickmansworth) and Bernard.
Bernard attended Upland House boarding school in Epsom,
and appears on the 1891 census as a ten year old boarder there. Ten years later, by the time the 1901 census
was taken he was studying at Cambridge University but staying at the home of
Robert E Johnston, a church of England clergyman living at The Vicarage, St
Peter's, Kent. Two other students are also noted at
the same address and it is possible that the three students were studying
theology (or similar) and as part of their course were spending time with
Reverend Johnston. Cambridge University
Chailey Parish Magazine first mentions Bernard Green in October 1914 when it notes that he is serving his King and Country. One year later it states that he is a captain with the 3rd Essex Regiment and in December 1915 that he has been attached to the 7th
North Hants' [sic] Garrison. In January 1916 this is
further updated to state that he is attached to the 1st Garrison
Battalion, Northamptonshire Regiment.
In May 1916, the parish magazine notes that Captain Green has been invalided and this information is then repeated up to and including the final published roll call in July 1919.
Bernard’s brother, Edward Wilson Green, also served during the First World War and their sister Helen Green was an active member of Sussex 54 VAD.