Stanley Gordon GRIFFITHS

GRIFFITHS, Stanley Gordon

Service Number: 342
Enlisted: 22 September 1914, An original of A Company
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wentworth, New South Wales, Australia, 23 July 1890
Home Town: Trayning, Trayning, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 7 August 1916, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Bencubbin War Memorial, Trayning War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France), Wagin & District Honour Roll, Wagin War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

22 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 342, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), An original of A Company
22 Dec 1914: Involvement Private, 342, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), Battle for Pozières , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '12' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Ceramic embarkation_ship_number: A40 public_note: ''
22 Dec 1914: Embarked Private, 342, 16th Infantry Battalion (WW1), HMAT Ceramic, Melbourne
7 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, 342, 48th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières , --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 342 awm_unit: 48 Battalion awm_rank: Private awm_died_date: 1916-08-07

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Stanley Griffiths was the first of three brothers to enlist, on 22 September 1914. As an original of the 16th Battalion, he served at the landing on Anzac and was wounded on 21 May 1915, a gunshot wound to the lower extremities and was evacuated to Lemnos. He returned to Gallipoli during July 1915 and served there until the evacuation. During the reorganization of the AIF in Egypt during early 1916 he was transferred to the 48th Battalion.

He was killed by a shell near the top of Sausage Valley just behind Pozieres and though buried in a marked grave at the time he was subsequently lost.

His brother 1276 Pte Gilbert Allen Griffiths, 32nd Battalion AIF had been killed in action at Fromelles 3 weeks prior, on 20 July 1916. Another brother 2868 Pte. Charles Griffiths 5th Pioneer Battalion AIF was later killed in action in Belgium on the 29 September 1917.