David Edgar GRIFFITHS

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GRIFFITHS, David Edgar

Service Number: 1530
Enlisted: 8 August 1915
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 13th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Waratah, Tasmania, Australia, March 1894
Home Town: Deloraine, Meander Valley, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Bronchial pneumonia, 5th Casualty Clearing Station, France, 23 January 1919
Cemetery: Maubeuge (Sous-le-Bois) Cemetery
Maubeuge (Sois-le-Bois) Cemetery (Row C, Grave No. 14)
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

8 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1530, 3rd Light Horse Regiment
28 Oct 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1530, 3rd Light Horse Regiment
28 Oct 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1530, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, SS Hawkes Bay, Melbourne
15 May 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 13th Field Artillery Brigade
7 Mar 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Driver, 13th Field Artillery Brigade
30 May 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Driver, SN 1530, 13th Field Artillery Brigade, Remained on duty
23 Jan 1919: Involvement Driver, SN 1530, 13th Field Artillery Brigade

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From AWM 

1530 Private (Pte) David Edgar Griffiths, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, of Deloraine, Tas. A labourer before enlisting in August 1915, Pte Griffiths left Australia for Egypt with the 11th Reinforcements in October 1915, arriving in France for service on the Western Front in May 1916. After being promoted to Gunner (Gnr) in February 1917, he was wounded in action by German artillery fire at Fouilloy, France, on 27 May 1918 but remained on duty. After furlough in England in January 1919, Gnr Griffiths was admitted to the 5th Casualty Clearing Station with broncho-pneumonia on 17 January 1919 and died six days later, aged 24. Gnr Griffiths was the oldest brother of 3659 Pte Frank Gordon Griffiths, 26th Battalion, who was killed in action a Pozieres on 29 July 1916 (see P07386.002) and 3621 Pte Ralph Arnold Griffiths who was killed in action at Hamel on 27 July 1918 (see P07386.001).

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