Regiment : 12th Company Australian Machine Gun Corps
Service number : 594
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 13th October 1917 aged 21
Buried : Nine Elms British Cemetery, Belgium, Gave V. B. 13.
Relatives : Son of William Henry and Elizabeth Alice Griffin, 66 St George's Rd., Redditch, England
Memorial : Redditch Our Lady of Mount Carmel RC Church WW1 War Memorial
Credits : Casualty identified and researched by Stephen Brooks. 1901 and 1911 census researched and transcribed by Sandra Taylor.
Additional information on the memorial: 1917.
On the 1901 census Harry Griffin aged 5 lived with his parents William and Elizabeth and 2 siblings at 54 Beoley Road, Redditch. On the 1911 census Harry aged 15, Nickel Plating, lived with his parents and 2 siblings at 66 St George’s Road, Redditch.
Harry Griffin was born at 2 Prospect Road, Redditch on 21st October 1895, the son of William Henry Griffin, Fishing Rod Maker Journeyman, and Elizabeth Alice Griffin nee Law. He left England to settle in Australia in 1914 and arrived in Victoria aboard the Themistocles as an 18 year old. He was listed as an electro plater. Harry travelled 3rd class and boarded the ship in London. The passenger log recorded 390 adults, 60 children and 3 infants on board and stopped at Plymouth and Cape Town to pick up passengers
Harry enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 20th October 1916 at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. On his attestation form he gave his place of birth as Redditch, England, his age as 21 years and his occupation as a farmer. He was 5 feet 9½ inches tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair. After training with the Machine Gun Corps he embarked on the R.M.S. Omrah at Melbourne on 17th January 1917 bound for England where he disembarked at Plymouth on 27th March 1917. He proceeded overseas to France om 19th May 1917 where he joined the 12th Machine Gun Corps 2 days later. Harry made a will on 1st June 1917 leaving everything to his mother. Just over 4 months later on 13th October 1917, Harry was wounded in action with gunshot wounds to his abdomen and left hand. He was taken to No 44 Casualty Clearing Station where he died of his wounds. Probate was granted to his mother on 16th August 1918.
Harry’s brother, Joseph Percy Griffin, also served in the war with 6th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment and 11th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment. He died in 1973 and was buried in Abbey Cemetery on 5th January 1973. Their father, William Henry Griffin was buried in the same cemetery on 12th April 1957, their mother, Elizabeth Alice Griffin, was buried alongside her husband on 25th April 1958.
Australian Service Records Reference: Barcode 4711690 Series Accession No B2455 Location: Canberra
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