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Jack Lester Griffiths



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Jack Lester AWMM
  • Surname
    Griffiths AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    5984 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    9 April 1912 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Bank of New Zealand, Tokomaru Bay, East Coast, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs A.M. Griffiths (mother), 24 Agra Crescent, Khandallah, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    5984 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      21 June 1945 AWMM
      MC. 1946. The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Griffiths, Jack Lester. (Ref. WO 373/12/547). Military Cross. AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
    • Medal for Outstanding Acts (Greece) AWMM
      Greek Medal for Outstanding Services: For assisting 3 Greek Mountain Brigade in training and during the battles of Rimini, Bellaria and Rubicone in Italy 1944, as Aide-de-Camp to General Freyberg. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • ADC to General Freyberg, 1941-1945

    Brilliant All Black centre, over 4 years played 30 matches, 8 were in tests, he was Captain of the All Blacks 1936 in 2 tests against the Wallabies; in 1938 he toured Australia. As an All Black he scoured 3 tries; 14 conversions, 3 penalty goals and 1 dropped goal

    Councilor of the New Zealand Rugby Union

    Birth date is incorrectly recorded in the Star Times Obituary as 9 September 1912

    Maj J. L. Griffiths, MC, m.i.d.; Feilding; born Wellington, 9 Apr 1912; bank officer; ADC to GOC 2 NZ Div Feb 1941-Dec 1943, Jul 1944-Dec 1945. (Source: Borman, C.A. Divisional Signals. p.343.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    13 November 2001 AWMM
    Age 89 AWMM
    ParaparaumuWellington AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: McLean, T. (2001, November). A gentleman in every field. Sunday Star Times, p. C9 includes portrait in rugby kit

    Obituary: The all black "1930's, All Black Captain also a war hero. (2001, November 22). Kapiti Observer. p. 10 AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Taylor, A. (1998). The New Zealand roll of honour : New Zealanders who have served their country in peace and war : 150 years, 1845-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Roll of Honour Publications. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 71 AWMM
    • Borman, C. (1954). Divisional Signals. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.343, 486-7. AWMM
    • Kay, R. (1958). 27 (Machine Gun) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.315. AWMM
    • Kidson, A. (1961). Petrol Company. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.40. AWMM
    • Scoullar, J. L. (1955). Battle for Egypt : the summer of 1942. Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      p.99. AWMM
    • Stevens, W.G. (1962). Bardia to Enfidaville. Dept. of Internal Affairs, War History Branch, Wellington, N.Z. AWMM
      p.116. AWMM
    • Sinclair, D. (1954). 19 Battalion and Armoured Regiment. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM

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