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Harold Maurice GRIFFITHS

Regimental number497
Date of birth--/06/1896
Place of birthMelbourne Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
Address2 Hambleton Street, Albert Park, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, E R Griffiths, 2 Hambleton Street, Albert Park, Victoria
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentColour SGT
Unit name5th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCaptain
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion

2nd Lieutenant

Unit: INF5
Promotion date: 20 February 1916


Unit: INF5
Promotion date: 8 July 1916

Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross

Consistent good work at Fleurbaix and Messines. Coolness and courage at Pozieres.
Recommendation date: 8 September 1916

Military Cross

Recommendation date: 16 February 1917

Military Cross

Consistent high qualities of leadership and resource and valuable services on 2 March 1917.
Recommendation date: 11 March 1917

FateKilled in Action 8 May 1917
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialGrevillers British Cemtery (Plot IV, Row E, Grave No. I), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Edward and Catherine GRIFFITHS, 2 Hambleton Street, Albert Park, Victoria

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Although there was a heavy hostile barrage on his line, he moved from post to post and encouraged his men to drive off a determined enemy counter attack.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

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

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