Griffiths, William

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold

Name / Enw: Griffiths, William

Regiment/Catrawd: 5th Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private He had two different numbers 2638 240848 and this has made interpreting his records fairly difficult and confusing.

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Baghdad North (Gate) Cemetery

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: XXI D.1

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Iraq

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory, British War and 1915 Star medals

Date of Death: 7th October 1918

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Died at Smyrna, Turkey, 7th October 1918 when he was a prisoner of war

He was born in 1895 to parents David and Catherine Griffiths. He had three sisters, Elizabeth, Megan and Catherine. There are a number of addresses associated with this family. In January 1915 on his attestation papers  his address is given as Wylfa Hill, Mold.
Throughout his time with the regiment there were many interuptions to his service because of health concerns and he spent time in hospitals with dysentery, tonsilitis, infections and appendicitis – he refused to have an operation.  In July 1915 he was posted to Egypt and in November 1916 he was attached to the No 5 Coy Imperial Camel Corps.   After illness he was returned to the Camel Corps in August 1917 and was reported missing on the 29th October 1917.  He was next reported as  a Prisoner of War in November 1917. He died at Smyrna on the 7th October 1918 but the cause of death was never recorded.
After his death in  July 1919 and then later in January 1920 William’s parents had communications with the army  and their address was 8 Cunliffe St Mold.
Mr Griffiths gave 72 Wrexham street as his address in November 1920.

The address on (one) of his Flintshire Roll of Honour cards is The Shop, Pentre

There are three William Griffiths on the Mold memorial.We cannot be certain but we think that the first two are one and the same person ie he was named twice. We sincerely apologise if we’re wrong about this. If  there is anyone who knows more than we have been able to find out, please contact us and put us right.