Bashom Stanley GRIFFIN

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GRIFFIN, Bashom Stanley

Service Number: 4720
Enlisted: 1 February 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Nairne, South Australia, 29 September 1896
Home Town: Mount Barker, Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Illness (Purpura haemorrhagica), Colombo, Sri Lanka (Ceylon), 6 May 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: Colombo (Kanatte) General Cemetery
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mount Barker Soldiers' Memorial Hospital Roll of Honor, Mount Barker War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

1 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4720, 27th Infantry Battalion
11 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4720, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Dylan Picton-King

 

Bashom Stanley GRIFFIN was born on the 29th of September 1896, in Nairne, South Australia. Bashom grew up in Mount Barker, South Australia with 3 other siblings but their names are unknown. Mark, Basham’s dad was born on August 12 1859, in Jamestown, South Australia. Ann, Basham’s mum was born on August 12 1871, in South Australia. Bashom was only 19 when he enlisted to the AIF. He enlisted on the 1st of February, 1916, South Australia. Bashom was ranked as a private and his service number was 4720.

Bashom Stanley Griffin embarked from Adelaide on a ship called the HMAT, Aeneas A60. He was part of the 27th Battalion. It is not known what Bashom Stanley Griffin did individually. The 27th Battalion fought with distinction throughout the Western Front with their first entry on the Somme battlefield in April 1916. Along with the 28th battalion, the 27th battalion were the first Australian troops on the front line on the Somme. The 27th Battalion took part in two attacks to the East of Flers, France, in the Somme Valley, in both of these places everyone struggled to walk in the mud. 

Bashom Stanley Griffin sadly got killed in action on the 6th of May, 1916 from an illness called Purpura haemorrhagica, which is rare complication and is caused by bleeding from capillaries. This resulted in red spots on the skin and mucous membranes together with swelling of the limbs and the head. Bashom Stanley died in Sri Lanka but it is unknown why.

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