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Alfred Griffiths
Royal Garrison Artillery
Son of Caleb Griffiths; husband of M. Shefford (formerly Griffiths), of 8, Trafalgar Place, Bartholomew St., Newbury.
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Death Information

   Alfred Griffiths
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Alfred Griffiths
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Maiden name:
Date of Death:
   19 September 1917
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Place of birth:
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Place of death:
   The Military Hospita, Devonport, Plymouth
Usual address:
   130 Bartholomew Street, Newbury
  A Greengrocer by trade and a gunner in the R.G.A. stationed at Plymouth
Cause of death:
  Syncope, the result of shock and haemorrhage caused by the deceased cutting his throat with a razor on the 1st September in the year aforesaid but there is not sufficient evidence to show the state of mind at the time.
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Burial Information

Name on burial register:
   Alfred Griffiths
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Age at death:
Date of burial:
   26 September 1917
Abode at death:
(according to burial register)
   130 Bartholomew Street, Newbury
Burial register information:
Book number: 1917
Page number: 007
Record number: 9652
Official at burial:
   John Neville
Source of information:
  Burial Register

Memorial Details

  Alfred Griffith
  19 September 1917
  Headstone and Footstone plus Commonwealth War Grave stone
  From top of headstone: Thomas/son of / Caleb and Susan Griffiths/ who died may 3rd 1888/ aged 20 years/ "Tired oh so tired, so weary am I/ then sweetly comes the thought/ there'll be resting by and by/ Rest for the weary limbs and for/ the aching heart/ Rest from all toil and labour among/ the quiet dead"./ Susan Griffiths/ mother of the above/ who died March 2nd 1891/ aged 45 years./ Also Alfred son of the above/ dearly beloved husband of Maude Elizabeth Griffiths/ who died Sept. 19th 1917/ Aged 37 years./ "Until the day breaks".
  Fair, engraved letters but family headstone toppled over.
    Commonwealth War Grave stone placed on family plot in remembrance of Alfred Griffiths who died in service at Devonport.
  03 August 2015
  SC & AD
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Other people list on this memorial

Thomas Griffith
Susan  Griffith



Obituaries and Newspaper announcements

GRIFFITHS A Local War Notes
Article source:    NWN
Date of source:    27 September 1917
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NWN 27 Sept 1917 p8,

Local War Notes

The death is reported of Gunner Alfred Griffiths, of Newbury, which took place at Devonport on Wednesday, the 19th. He was a greengrocer and market gardener, carrying on business in Bartholomew-street. He joined the Royal Garrison Artillery on June 29th, but had been in hospital from July 4th to September 7th, and was at home on sick leave from the 8th to the 14th. He was found standing behind a door in a lavatory at Plymouth Citadel, with a deep and large wound in his throat, and threw down a razor when a comrade entered. He had lost a lot of blood, and died next day from syncope through hemorrhage and shock. At the inquest his wife, to whom he had married three years, said he had suffered from nervous depression during the sixteen years she had known him. While at home on leave he was unwell and depressed and had written since his return saying he was still poorly. Other evidence was given as to his depressed state.

The jury found that deceased committed suicide, and that there was not sufficient evidence to determine the state of his mind.

The body was brought to Newbury, and was interred yesterday in Newbury Cemetery. The coffin was covered with the Union Jack, and six soldiers of the Royal Defence Corps acted as a bearer party.

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