John Caddawallder GRIFFITHS

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GRIFFITHS, John Caddawallder

Service Number: 3336
Enlisted: 27 July 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Port Adelaide, South Australia, 19 February 1869
Home Town: Thebarton (Southwark), City of West Torrens, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Engineer (S.A.R.)
Died: Died of Wounds, France, 9 December 1916, aged 47 years
Cemetery: St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

27 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 3336, 10th Infantry Battalion, Keswick, South Australia
27 Oct 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 3336, 10th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Benalla embarkation_ship_number: A24 public_note: ''
11 Mar 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 50th Infantry Battalion
15 Oct 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 50th Infantry Battalion
5 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 3336, 50th Infantry Battalion, Flers/Gueudecourt
19 Nov 1916: Wounded Flers/Gueudecourt, 9 Dec 1916 Died of Wounds (GSW head) sustained near Flers

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Biography

"THE LATE LANCE-CORPORAL GRIFFITHS.

Lance-Corporal John C. Griffiths, who died of wounds at the 10th General Hospital on December 9, was the second son of the late Mr. John Griffiths (one time headmaster of the Walkerville school) and Mrs. Phoebe Griffiths, of Hackney-road. Lance-Corporal Griffiths was for many years employed in the Loco Department of the South Australian Railways, and was well known in cricket, football, and musical circles. Before he enlisted his pleasing tenor voice was frequently heard at charity entertainments and socials, and his ability as an entertainer considerably enlivened the weary hours of the men at the front. Of the seven descendants of the late Mr. John Griffiths of a military age three (Lieutenant West Baker, Private Ainslie Griffiths, and Lance-Corporal Griffiths) have lost their lives fighting for their country. Of the remaining four, three are on active service, and one has been rejected for service by the military authorities. Lance-Corporal Griffiths left a widow, one son, and one daughter. At this time last year the family were mourning the death of Private Ainslie Griffiths, who was killed at Gallipoli." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 30 Dec 1916 (nla.gov.au)

 

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