‘A veteran of the Peninsular War. Present at the Battles of Corunna, Busaco, Cuidad Rodrigo and Badajoz.’
His death date and age give an approximate birth year of 1785. So who was William? We don’t know where he was born from the headstone but we have a date of death. You can find deaths in the GRO index listed on FreeBMD and order the certificate from the GRO website.
You can find regimental and service records on findmypast.co.uk and this should give further information about where he was born and possibly the names of his parents. The National Archives has a good explanation of what the records contain and where to find them on its website. The Peninsular War was part of the Napoleonic Wars and you can find out more about it and the battles William was involved in on the Peninsular War website. He even has an entry in Wikipedia and was the author of a memoir entitled “A brief outline of the Travels and Adventures of William Green (late Rifle Brigade) during a period of ten years in the British Service”. This is one of the few accounts by an enlisted man of life in Wellington’s Army. You can go to the Friends of Welford Rd Cemetery website here.
1. Grave Matters, A walk Through Welford Road Cemetery, Leicester. Max Wade-Matthews