John Edward Griffiths appeared on the census of 1891. He was living with his family in Bryn Coch Mold. Head of the household was Robert, 29 a coal miner who had been born in Mold. Jane, his wife was 27 and she had been born in Liverpool. Their listed children were Sarah 8, John E 5, Emma 3 and Mary E 8 months.
In the next census of 1901 the family was still in Bryn Coch Road. Robert 39 was still coal mining. Jane was 37. Their growing family was listed as John E 15, a Baker’s Assistant, Emma was 13, Mary E 10, Robert 8, Annie 5, Gwendoline 2 and Gladys 7.
The 1911 census placed John Edward aged 26, a single man who was a Baker living at home with his parents and siblings at 94 High Street Mold. His father was Robert Griffiths 49, (by then, a Boot Repairer) and his mother was Jane 46. He had 5 sisters at home – Emma Jane 23, Mary Elizabeth 20, Annie 15, (These three were servants) Gwennie 12 and Gladys 10 were at school and his one brother, Robert was 17 and was an Assistant Baker.
UK Soldiers who Died in The Great War 1914 -19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental details at the top of this page. It also tells us that he enlisted in Mold. This source tells us he was Killed in action. His medal Card also on Ancestry, details his medals.
We know from his CWGC certificate that he was married when he died. His wife, Fanny Elizabeth Griffiths lived in Bridge St, Mold.
This gold cross was originally in Gwernymynydd Church and when it was closed the cross was moved to the War Memorial Chapel in Mold Parish Church. It is engraved with the words
To the Glory of God in Loving Memory of
John Edward Griffiths
Killed in action in France March 17th 1918.