Gilbert Allen GRIFFITHS

GRIFFITHS, Gilbert Allen

Service Number: 1276
Enlisted: 21 July 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 32nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Wentworth, New South Wales, Australia, 1886
Home Town: Trayning, Trayning, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farm Hand
Died: Killed in Action, Fromelles, France, 20 July 1916
Cemetery: Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery
Plot I, Row E, Grave No 8, Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery, Fromelles, Lille, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bencubbin War Memorial, Trayning War Memorial, Wagin & District Honour Roll, Wagin War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

21 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1276, 32nd Infantry Battalion
18 Nov 1915: Involvement Private, 1276, 32nd Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Geelong embarkation_ship_number: A2 public_note: ''
18 Nov 1915: Embarked Private, 1276, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Adelaide
Date unknown: Involvement 32nd Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Private Gilbert Allen Griffiths was born near Wentworth in NSW in 1886. He was a farm hand, single and living at Trayning, Western Australia, when he enlisted in July 1915. His father Benjamin Henry Griffiths had passed away in WA during 1913. The family seemed to have moved to Western Australia some years before the First World War.

Gilbert was a member of the 32nd Battalion when he died, originally listed as missing, 20 July 1916. He was the first of 3 brothers to die during WW1.

His name was in a list of British Dead forwarded by Comite International de la Croix Rouge at Geneva to H.M. Minister at Berne. Assistant Adjutant General rules to be reported as 'Killed in action, 20 July 1916'.

A note in Red Cross File No 1220608: 'Disc received from Germany and forwarded to N/Kin 16 April 1918.'

His brother, 342 Pte. Stanley Gordon Griffiths 48th Battalion AIF was killed in action at Pozieres only 3 weeks later on 7 August 1916, aged 25. Another older brother, 2868 Pte. Charles Griffiths 5th Pioneer Battalion was also killed in action near Ypres, Belgium 29 September 1917, aged 38.

The inscription on Gilbert’s new grave in the Pheasant Wood Cemetery at Fromelles reads, A TRUE AND BRAVE SON OF THE SOUTHERN CROSS ONE OF 3 BROTHERS KILLED IN ACTION GOD BLESS YOU.