Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams
Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Connahs Quay
Name / Enw: Griffiths, Charles Edward
Regiment/Catrawd: Lancashire Fusiliers, 2nd Bn
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 48393
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Mont-Bernanchon British Cemetery, Gonnehem
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: 1 A.B.
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory & British Medals
Date of Death: 21st April 1918
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Killed in action 21st April 1918.
Charles E. Griffiths first appeared on a census in 1901. He was only 1 and was living at 368, High Street, Connahs Quay, Flintshire with his parents and siblings. Father, Thomas 33 was a Butcher and his mother, Martha was also 33.The listed children were Mary 7, George 6, Elizabeth 3 and Charles 1. All had been born in Connah’s Quay.
By the 1911 census they were all living in Station Road, Queensferry. Thomas 43 was still a Butcher. Martha too was 43. All five of their children were living and listed as Mary 18, George16 ( an Assistant Butcher), Elizabeth A was14, Charles Edward 11 and Hilda M. was 8.
Charles was named on 2 other memorials – Hawarden County School Roll of Honour, also the Queensferry School Roll of Honour. Somebody made an effort to ensure he was remembered.
UK soldiers who died in the Great War 1914 -19, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental information above and adds that he was born in Hawarden and enlisted in Wrexham.
Charles’s medal card also accessible on ancestry, records his medal details but does not tell where his first theatre of war was nor when he entered it.
His Flintshire WW1 Index Card. F6 (Queensferry) confirmed all the above, except “Private ” was crossed out and was signed by George Griffiths (Brother?).