Edward John Griffiths was the son of Benjamin and Sarah Ann Griffiths, Bridge Inn Padeswood. In 1911 the family at the Bridge Inn were: Benjamin 52, coal miner, Sarah Ann 53, Benjamin 25 coal miner, Edward John 19 waggoner, Albert Ernest 17, porter at railway, and Fred 12.
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 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