Clarence Middleton (Clarrie) GRIGGS OBE

Badge Number: 20992 / S8568, Sub Branch: Unley
20992 / S8568

GRIGGS, Clarence Middleton

Service Number: 2170
Enlisted: 4 May 1916, Enlisted.at Unley
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 8 July 1897
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Adelaide Boys High School, South Australia
Occupation: Teacher
Died: Myocardial Infarction, North Adelaide, South Australia, 2 November 1967, aged 70 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Adelaide High School Honour Board, Adelaide University of Adelaide WW1 Honour Roll, Salisbury & District Roll of Honour, South Australian Education Department Roll of Honour, Unley Town Hall WW1 Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

4 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2170, 48th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted.at Unley
12 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, 2170, 48th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '19' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Ballarat embarkation_ship_number: A70 public_note: ''
12 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, 2170, 48th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Adelaide
11 Apr 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 2170, 48th Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (First), GSWs (gun shot wounds) to face and left arm. Hit crossing no-man’s land after going “over the top” at dawn. Apparently knocked unconscious for some time. Regained consciousness entangled in barbed wire in full daylight. In full view of both sides. He realised he was assumed dead but if he began to move he would be shot again. So he stayed still until darkness then disentangled himself and crawled back to his trenches. (Source: this story was told by a fellow serving soldier verbally to his son and wife in the 1930s)
27 Mar 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 2170, 48th Infantry Battalion, Dernancourt/Ancre
6 Jul 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 2170, Le Hamel - Blueprint for Victory, GSW (gun shot wound) face. Perhaps correct date of wounding is 4 July 1918? His file shows 6 July.
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Corporal, 2170, 48th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Wounded 2170, 48th Infantry Battalion

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