Thomas Griffin

Memorial: Hallen - Hallen Road

Regiment: Worcestershire Regiment

Medals: 1914–15 Star, British War Medal, Silver War Badge, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Private 37047

Parents: Elizabeth and Joseph Griffin

Marital status: Married

Home address: Home Address: 2 Llewellyn Street, Gilfach, Bargoed, Cardiff Lived: 11 Passage Road, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol

Pre-war occupation: Farm Labourer

Date of birth: 17/09/1885

Place of birth: Compton Greenfield

Date of death: 31/07/1917

Buried/Commemorated at: No known burial site. Commemorated at Ypres Menin Gate Memorial and Hallen Road Memorial

Age: 31

Further information:

Thomas was born in Compton Greenfield the son of a labourer and the eldest child of eight children with five brothers and two sisters. In 1901 at the age of 15 he was working as a live-in farm boy in Kings Weston. Thomas married Mary Edith Griffin in 1910 and they lived with Mary's parents.

Thomas's 1st Battalion mobilised to France in December 1914 where it fought in various actions on the Western Front including the Battle of Aubers Ridge and the Battles of the Somme. Thomas was killed in action during the Battle of Passchendaele (31 July – 10 November 1917) the result of which was indecisive at a cost to the allies of around 400,000 casualties. Thomas's body was never identified and the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, where he is remembered, bears the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who died in Belgium and have no known grave.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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