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Gilbert Allen GRIFFITHS

Regimental number1276
Place of birthNew South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFarm hand
AddressTrayning, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 7"
Weight141 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs A Griffiths, Trayning, Western Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 July 1915
Place of enlistmentPerth, Western Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of burialFromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery (Plot I, Row E, Grave No 8), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 2868 Pte Charles GRIFFITHS, 5th Pioneer Bn, killed in action, 29 September 1917; 342 Pte Stanley Gordon GRIFFITHS, 48th Bn, killed in action, 7 August 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Missing, 20 July 1916.

Died whilst prisoner of war (no date, unverified).

List of British Dead (Paybook handed to German authorities from N.O.A.O.K. 6) forwarded by Comite International de la Croix Rouge at Geneva to H.M. Minister at Berne. Assistant Adjutant General rules to be reported as 'Killed in action, 20 July 1916'.

Note on Red Cross File No 1220608: 'Disc received from Germany and forwarded to N/Kin 16.4.18.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Originally listed as 'No Known Grave' and commemorated at V.C. Corner (Panel No 5), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles; subsequently (2010) identified, and interred in the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, France.
SourcesNAA: B2455, GRIFFITHS Gilbert Allen
Red Cross file 1220608

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