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Albert Harold Griffiths

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Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 285 - No known copyright restrictions

Nominal Roll Vol 1, Page: 285 - No known copyright restrictions

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Albert Harold AWMM
  • Surname
    Griffiths AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 2/673 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 January 1882 Noel Smith and Lyn Griffiths research
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Tiotio Road, Seatoun, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs J. Griffiths (mother), Courtenay Place, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 16 October 1914 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1915-1916 Gallipoli AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 2/673 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM WellingtonNew Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Foster son of John Griffiths, of 24, Victoria St., Hawera AWMM
    • Albert Harold Griffiths enlisted the NZ Expeditionary Force in Wellington on 9 September, 1914. His Attestation papers state that he was a 31 year old dentist from Tio Road Seatoun and his next of kin was his foster mother Mrs Jane Griffiths. On enlistment he was 5'4"" and weighed 10st 12lb and had brown eyes and black hair and was in good health. He joined the NZ Field Artillery with a regimental number of 2/673 on 9/9/14. On 15/10/14 he left as a corporal on the naval ships HMNZT 7, HMNZT 10 Limerick or Arawa and sailed for 50 days to Zeitoun Camp, Cairo, Egypt, arriving on 4/12/14. On 29/12/14, he was found guilty on the 2 charges of drunkenness on active service and Absent without Leave. His rank was reduced from Corporal to Gunner in the ranks on 31/12/14. He was transferred to the 2nd Battery NZ Field Artillery on 21/1/15.
      In March 1915, the NZ Field Artillery now part of the ANZAC Corps moved to Alexander for embarkation for the landings at Gallipoli. The 2nd Battery was landed at ANZAC Cove 26/27th April 1915 and continued to support the infantry units through the following months. In August 1915, preparations for a major offensive, the Battle for Chunuk Bair had been completed. At 4.30 pm, 6 August 1915, the initial bombardment of Turkish positions started. It was during the first phases after fierce fighting that the Wellington Battalion captured Chunuk Bair on 8 August 1915. On 9/8/15, during the invasion of ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli, Albert was wounded in the neck and admitted to the Australian field hospital at Mudras. He returned to ANZAC Cove on 28/9/15. On 9 October 1915, two gunners, Isaac Harold Plimmer and Albert Harold Griffiths were reported to have been Killed in Action. It is possible that both died as a result of a premature explosion of a shell from their battery as there were at least two reported occasions of this happening with the 2nd battery during the Gallipoli campaign
      He was awarded the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the 1914-1915 Star. These medals were sent to Reginald Herbert Webb, Barrister and Solicitor, Wellington. As Albert’s foster mother had died, the medals were given to his foster-father, Mr John Griffiths. In Albert’s will, he asked that if Mr and Mrs Griffiths died, all his worldly goods be passed on to his oldest blood relative, his brother, Frank Unsworth (my grandfather), and his half-sister Louisa Ellen Gambrill. My grandfather, Frank, passed on the British War Medal to my father, Harold Nalton (Bunny) Unsworth who passed it on to me. I will ensure that it also passed on to my son, Scott Unsworth. I do not know what happened to the other 2 medals.
      His memorial plaque is on the Chunuk Bair (NZ) Memorial, Panel 8. Public - Tony - Other Relative - 20 April 2015 - http://ndhadeliver.natlib.govt.nz/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE19250818
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    9 October 1915 AWMM
    GallipoliTurkey AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Chunuk Bair (New Zealand) Memorial, Chunuk Bair Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey AWMM

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1914-1919). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Volume I. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      Page No: 285 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 1: Includes portrait AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith and Lyn Griffiths (2021). AWMM

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
13 July 2021Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
24 February 2019AllanRotoruaResearcher
03 October 2017JeniferWairarapaResearcher
20 April 2015TonyNapier, NZOther Relative

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