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Gerald Gilmore Griffiths

Portrait, Sergeant Gerald Gilmore Griffiths, taken in France, 1915. (Courtesy of Mr Gerald G. Griffiths [son], 2004) - No known copyright restrictions

Portrait, Sergeant Gerald Gilmore Griffiths, taken in France, 1915. (Courtesy of Mr Gerald G. Griffi …


  • Title
    M.M Public - Dominic - Direct descendant - 18 September 2015 - Military Awards
  • Forenames
    Gerald Gilmore AWMM
  • Surname
    Griffiths AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 12174 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 July 1886 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    23/7/1885 Public - Dominic - Direct descendant - 18 September 2015 - Family papers
  • Place of birth
    Belfast, Ireland. Public - Dominic - Direct descendant - 18 September 2015 - Family papers
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Queens Steet, Auckland. Public - Dominic - Direct descendant - 18 September 2015 - Newspaper
  • Post war occupation
    Farmer, as well as running the Raglan Chronicle (Newspaper) from about 1919. Public - Dominic - Direct descendant - 18 September 2015 - Oral history + Raglan Chronicle
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Reverend S. Griffiths (father), Waipu, North Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1914-1919 Western Front AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 12174 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      Citation for Military Medal (MM): (Lance-Sergeant, 4th Battalion, NZ Rifle Brigade) "For gallantry during the night 13/14th June 1917 east of Ploegsteert Wood. On his Platoon Commander being wounded, he took command, established and held an advanced post with conspicuous courage and ability. Though under very heavy shellfire, and suffering heavy casualties, he hung on doggedly and maintained connection with the posts on his flanks. His excellent work and the splendid example he set his men was of very material assistance in enabling his Unit to maintain the line of posts established." (London Gazette, 16 August 1917, p. 8430, Rec. No. 1014) AWMM
    • British War Medal (1914-1920) AWMM
    • Victory Medal 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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  • Husband of Emma Jane Griffiths (nee Laidlaw).

    Embarked as part of the 3rd Reinforcements to the 3rd Battalion, New Zealand Rifle Brigade.

    Parts of Griffith's military personnel file were found within another record (R24062290 pp.8-18) and have been used to source further information here. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    23 June 1963 AWMM
    Age 76 AWMM
    OpotikiBay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Opotiki Public Cemetery, St John Street / Duke Street & State Highway 2, Opotiki, New Zealand AWMM Grave 78, Service Cemetery AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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18 September 2015DominicMelbourne, AustraliaDirect descendant

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