Richard Cornelius GRIFFITHS


GRIFFITHS, Richard Cornelius

Service Number: 2619
Enlisted: 2 January 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Birksgate, Glen Osmond, Adelaide, South Australia , 10 March 1892
Home Town: Wayville, Unley, South Australia
Schooling: St Joseph's Adelaide; Sturt Street School
Occupation: Plumber
Died: Accidental (Injuries), France, 25 July 1917, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension
VI F 11, Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Dernancourt, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide St Patrick's Parish Honor Board, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Unley Arch of Remembrance, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board, Unley Wayville Honor Roll
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World War 1 Service

2 Jan 1916: Enlisted
25 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2619, 32nd Infantry Battalion
25 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2619, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Adelaide
Date unknown: Wounded SN 2619, 32nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

The Advertiser Monday 13 August 1917 page 8
Mr. and Mrs. R. Grifliths, of Rose terrace, Wayville, have been officially notified that their elder son, Private R C. Griffiths, 32nd Infantry Battalion, died of wounds, in France, on July 25. Private Griffiths enlisted on January 2, 1916, and left Australia for Egypt on March 25. He was first wounded on July 19. 1916, at the Fluer Bay engagement. He was for some time in hospital in England. Then he rejoined his battalion in France in January, 1917, On February 15 he received shrapnel wounds and gas. After being in an auxiliary hospital he was again sent to the firing line, and later received wounds, from which he died on July 25. He received his early education at the Sisters of St. Joseph, Adelaide, and later at the Sturt-street public school. He was a member of St Patrick's branch of the H.A.C.B. Society. Prior to enlisting he was in the employ of Mr. R. W. Fielder, Torrensville. He was of a kind and manly disposition, and loved by all who knew him.