Service Number: 2868
Enlisted: 6 June 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Pioneer Battalion
Born: Morgan, South Australia, Australia, 12 November 1878
Home Town: Trayning, Trayning, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 29 September 1917, aged 38 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bencubbin War Memorial, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient), Trayning War Memorial, Wagin & District Honour Roll, Wagin War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

6 Jun 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2868, 5th Pioneer Battalion
28 Oct 1916: Involvement Private, 2868, 7th Pioneer Battalion, Third Ypres, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '5' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: HMAT Port Melbourne embarkation_ship_number: A16 public_note: ''
28 Oct 1916: Embarked Private, 2868, 7th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Port Melbourne, Fremantle
29 Sep 1917: Involvement Private, 2868, 5th Pioneer Battalion, Third Ypres, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2868 awm_unit: 5 Pioneer Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1917-09-29

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Charles was the eldest of three Griffiths brothers to enlist, all of whom were killed in action during WW1. They were the sons of Benjamin Henry Griffiths and Sara Anne Griffiths of Trayning, Western Australia. The sons had all been born in the Murray River area bu the family had moved to Western Australia during the early 1900’s. Charles was the eldest of them and was almost 39 years of age when he died.

He joined the 5th Pioneers and arrived in France during March 1917. He was killed in action in Belgium, and has no known grave.

His brothers, 1276 Pte Gilbert Allen Griffiths, 32nd Battalion AIF had been killed in action at Fromelles on 20 July 1916 and 342 Pte. Stanley Gordon Griffiths 48th Battalion AIF was killed in action at Pozieres on 7 August 1916.

Their mother, Sara Anne Griffiths received her three sons medals and awards as well as their personal effects.