Griffiths, Joseph

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Geoffrey Alexander Mitchell.

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Rhyl War Memorial.

Name / Enw: Griffiths, Joseph

Regiment/Catrawd: 13th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private No. 17402.

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Essex Farm Cemetery, West Vlaanderen.

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Plot: 11. Row: X. Grave: 2.

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: 1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Date of Death: 7th December 1916

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in action on 7 December 1916, aged 30 years.

Joseph Griffiths was born in Rhyl, Flintshire during 1887.

The 1911 Census shows that the family lived at 23 Wells Street, Wavertree, Liverpool, England.  The head of the family was Joseph Griffiths aged 24, a Plasterer.  His wife Jane Ann Griffiths (nee Owen) of Pen-y-Parc Cottage, Penrhynside, Llandudno, North Wales and their son, Joseph Thomas Griffiths aged 2 years.  Also living with the family was Joseph’s brother Edward Owen Griffiths aged 30, who was employed as a Brick Setter.

In 1915 Joseph enlisted with 13th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers and on Thursday 2 December 1915 arrived in France with the Battalion.

Essex Farm Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium.

On 27 April 1917, a payment of £3.7s.2d was made by the War Office to Jane Ann Griffiths, being monies owed to her husband Joseph.  On 6 October 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £8.10s.0d was also made to her.

He is also remembered on The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales and on a Remembrance Plaque at The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Drive, Rhyl, Flintshire.

There is no Flintshire Roll of Honour Card for him at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, Flintshire.