Griffiths, Edward John

Edward John Griffiths was the son of Benjamin and Sarah Ann Griffiths (nee Jones), born in 1891. The family were resident at Buckley Square in 1881, 1891 and 1901, and at the Bridge Inn, Padeswood in 1911. Edward John had siblings, Benjamin, Eliza Ann, Emma, Albert Ernest, and Fred.

Edward John joined the West Yorkshire Police in July 1913. He enlisted in the Army in Leeds 25th May 1915, giving his address as Bridge Inn, Padeswood, Nr Mold, age 24 and occupation “Policeman”. He spent his first two years in the RWF at Litherland training camp near Liverpool. He arrived in France 26th July 1917 and on 11th August 1917 he joined the battalion in the field. He was killed in action 20th October 1917.   His death was announced in the County Herald November 30, 1917.

There is some correspondence in the records between Edward’s father Benjamin (next of kin) and Army Records in Shrewsbury.deswood

2nd November 1917.

To O/C Dept

Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Shrewsbury. 


Sergt E J Griffiths

D Coy

19th Bn RWF

The above – my son – has been out in France about 12 weeks.

We have heard through relatives of their men at the same place, that he was killed about a fortnight ago.  

Not having had official intimation may I ask for a confirmation or otherwise to allay our naturally acute anxiety. With apologies for trouble and thanking you in anticipation. 


Benjamin Griffiths. 

No 2 Infantry Record Office

Riding School


5th November 1917

Re No 24332 E J Griffiths RWF

With reference to your letter of the 2nd instant, relative to your son, I beg to inform you that no information of his death has as yet been received in this office and as far as is known in this office the soldier is still well and serving with his unit in France. if you have received any letters from any source which you think in your opinion reports definitely that your son has been killed, will you please forward such letters to this office for perusal and when they are done with they will be returned to you. If you comply with my request I will endeavour to make enquiries about this soldier. Should any report be received in the meantime you will be immediately notified.

I am Sir,

Your obedient servant Captain for Lt Col i/c Record Office.


Edward John’s death was announced in the County Herald November 30, 1917.

Official news has reached Mr. and Mrs. Griffiths, the Bridge Inn, Padeswood, that their son, Sergeant Ed. John Griffiths, has been killed in action on the Western Front. He had been three months on active service. He enlisted in May, 1915, and for over two years acted as instructor at a Lancashire Camp. He was 26 years of age, and before joining the Colours he was a police constable in the West Riding Constabulary, and was stationed at Pudsey, near Leeds. Writing to his mother the officer commanding the platoon, says: “You have undoubtedly by now received the sad intimation to the effect that your son, Sergeant E. J. Griffiths, was killed in action on the 20th ulto. He was my platoon sergeant, and I was therefore intimately acquainted with him and I will … (transcription cut off).

Edward John Griffiths is remembered on the Police Memorial which is situated  within a small garden in front of the main entrance to the West Yorkshire Police Headquarters building in Wakefield.

The inscription says

Erected by their comrades

in memory of the West Riding Constabulary

Who fell in the Great War 1914 -1919

At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them.

Photos courtesy West Riding Constabulary WWI Memorial, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. England, 1914 – 1918 Ancestry tree

Edward John was remembered on the memorial plaque inside St. John’s Congregational Chapel and on his parents’ grave at St. John’s.

In loving memory of Sarah Ann the beloved wife of Benjamin Griffiths Buckley who died August 18th 1918 aged 60 years

A precious one from us is gone. A voice we loved is stilled

Also Serg. Edward John Griffiths son of the above who was killed in Armentieres Oct 20th 1917 aged 26 years

Sleep on dear son, as the days go by we cannot see the grave where you lie

Also the above Benjamin Griffiths who died Dec 26th 1934 aged 75 years





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