Oswald Clement GRIFFEN


GRIFFEN, Oswald Clement

Service Number: 2863
Enlisted: 9 February 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 50th Infantry Battalion
Born: Riverton, South Australia , date not yet discovered
Home Town: Riverton, Clare and Gilbert Valleys, South Australia
Schooling: Riverton Public School
Occupation: Storeman
Died: Killed in Action, Noreuil, France, 2 April 1917, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Noreuil Australian Cemetery
(Special Memorial B, No. 4) Noreuil Australian Cemetery, Noreuil Australian Cemetery, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Riverton & District High School Roll of Honor WW1, Riverton & District War Memorial Pool Memorial and Flagpole, Riverton Methodist Church Honour Roll WW1, Riverton Pictorial Honour Board, Riverton RSL Hall Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

9 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1
6 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2863, 50th Infantry Battalion
6 Nov 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2863, 50th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Afric, Adelaide

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 Oswald Clement Griffen, was a  21 year old storeman from Riverton, South Australia prior to enlisting 9 February 1916.

He embarked from Adelaide with the 7th Reinforcements for the 50th Battalion on 6 November 1916 and following further training in England, joined the 50th Battalion in France on 18 March 1917.

A little over a fortnight later, he was killed in action at Noreuil on 2 April 1917 and buried in the Noreuil Australian Cemetery, France. He was aged 22 years.

His brother, Second Lieutenant Reginald Theodore Griffen, 32nd Battalion, was killed in action on 20 July 1916 at the Battle of Fromelles. (See AWM P09291.183)



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