Commonwealth War Graves - Alfred Griffiths

Author: Doug Larsen
Date published: 08/11/2011
© Doug Larsen

Commonwealth War Graves

Name:

Griffiths, Alfred

Place and Date of Birth:

~1880, Newbury

Place of Residence:

130 Bartholomew St., Newbury

Family:

Youngest son of Caleb and Sophia Griffiths of 5 Hampstead Terrace, Newbury, siblings Walter and Josie and husband of M. E. Griffiths.

Military Record

 

Rank:

Gunner

Service Number:

170044

Regiment/Service:

Royal Garrison Artillery

Date of Death:

September 19, 1917

Age at Death:

37

Additional Information:

Alfred Griffiths was a greengrocer and market gardener whose business was at Bartholomew St. Newbury.

He joined the R.G.A. at Devonport on June 29th, 1917 but had been in hospital there from July 4th to September 7th and was home on sick leave from the 8th to the 14th. When he returned to his base he reported that that he was still unwell and was found a few days later by his

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colleagues with a large deep wound in his throat.

He lost a lot of blood and died the next day from syncope through haemorrhage and shock. At an inquest his wife testified that he had suffered from nervous depression for 16 years and that was the reason he had come home on sick leave.

The jury concluded that he had taken his own life but there was insufficient evidence to determine the state of his mind.

His body was brought to Newbury for burial where his coffin was covered with the Union Jack and 6 soldiers from the Royal Defence Corps acted as bearers.

Sources:Personal research, CWG

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