GRIFFIN Harry Gerard
Regiment : 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 204055
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 11th April 1918 aged 21
Buried : Commemorated on Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium, Panel 5.
Relatives : Son of the late Henry Griffin and of Elizabeth Griffin, of Hillbre, 25 Bowling Green Rd., Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Harry Griffin was born in Leicestershire and was the son of John and Elizabeth Griffin. He enlisted in the Worcester Territorials, but by 1918 was serving in the 2nd Battalion in 33rd Division. They had remained on the alert on the Passchendaele ridge during the first German offensive of March, but by the time the German attack on the Lys came on 9th April they had retired into the reserve. As soon as the German Sixth Army had broken through, the 33rd Division was ordered to the front and the Worcesters took up position in front of Neuve Eglise. Private Harry Griffin was killed in action in the first engagement with the overwhelming German forces. He is also commemorated on St. Thomas’s church memorial.
Harry Griffin has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Ploegsteert Memorial.