Piercy, Griffith

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

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Sychdyn

Name / Enw: Piercy, Griffith

Regiment/Catrawd: 9th Btn Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 15394

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Guards Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: V111.H.38

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

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British War Medal 1914-20, Victory Medal 1914-1919, The 1914-15 Star

Date of Death: 1st October 1918

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Griffith fell at Overs Ridge on 1st October 1918 aged 21. Killed in Action. The strong story that has come down the family, told to them by Griff’s comrade, Alf Hughes, was that Griffith was shot by a female sniper. Alf also said that they “got her” later.

Griffith was born in 1898. The 1901 census records that three year old Griffith lived in Duck Street, (now Duke Street) Sychdyn with his father William (a coal miner), his mother Isabella, his brother William 2 yrs and a baby brother Thomas.

Sometime after 1901 the family moved to a small holding – ‘Offa Bank’ on the Vownog. The lane that ran in front of their home became known locally as Piercy’s Lane (now called ‘Watts Dyke Way).

Griffith joined the army in September 1914 – when he was 16/17 yrs old so technically too young to join up. Less than three months after he joined, his new baby brother, Frederick died aged 4 months. Griffith went to France to join his first theatre of war on the 27th September 1915 and he died three years later, just five months after his brother William had been killed.  Refer also to William Piercy’s page for the full story of this family tragedy.

Griffith and William are both commemorated on a family grave in Northop Churchyard.
In Loving Memory of
Fredrick the beloved son of
William and Isabella Piercy Offa bank
Who died Dec. 11th 1914 aged 4 months
Also of
William Piercy seconed son of the above
Who was killed in action in France
May 30th 1918 aged 19 years
Also of
Griffith piercy eldest son of the above
who was killed in action in France
Sept 30th 1918 aged 21years
Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for another