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Regimental number1676
Place of birthMold, Wales
ReligionChurch of England
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 4.25"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinWife, Priscilla Griffiths, c/- J W Hunt, Keys Lane, Darwin, Lancashire
Previous military serviceServed in the 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Enlistment date8 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll8 December 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 27 August 1915
Date of death27 August 1915
Age at death from cemetery records38
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 41), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: JOhn and Martha GRIFFITHS; husband of Priscilla GRIFFITHS, 55 Radford Street, Darwen, England. Native of Mold, North Wales
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 4 May 1915.

Wounded in action, Gallipoli, 28 June 1915; admitted to St Andrews Hospital, Malta, 16 July 1915; transferred to All Saints, Malta, 31 July 1915; embarked Malta for Egypt, 8 August 1915; rejoined 14th Bn, Gallipoli, 24 August 1915.

Reported missing, Gallipoli, 27 August 1915.

Court of Inquiry held in the field, 8 April 1915, pronounced fate as 'Killed in action, Gallipoli, 27 August 1915'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, GRIFFITHS Samuel

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