Private 3926 Elijah Griffiths

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Photograph courtesy of Elijah's granddaughter, Marilyn Kitson.

Died of Wounds on Thursday, 6th April 1916, age 31.
Buried in Grave D. 28. at Beauval Communal Cemetery, Somme, France.

1st/7th Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 144th Brigade of 48th Division.

Husband of Mrs M. Griffiths, of 1 Wades Passage, Tipton, Staffs (as at 1911).
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Dudley, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, post 31st December 1915.
Medal entitlement: British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, and St. Matthew's memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/34986/

Genealogical Data

From birth certificate: born 18th August 1884 at Hall Street, Tipton. Father: Edward Griffiths, Mother: Elizabeth Griffiths nee Dickins.

1891 Census
49 Hall Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Edward Griffiths (39, Furnaceman in Forge, born Tipton), his wife Elizabeth (39, born Tipton), and their 6 children: (William (16, Furnace Door Drawer, born Tipton), Annie Sophia (14, Scholar, born Tipton), Edward (9, Scholar, born Tipton), Elijah (7, Scholar, born Tipton), Elizabeth (5, Scholar, born Tipton), and David (5 months, born Tipton). Also Albert Rudge (19, Visitor, Barber’s Apprentice, born Ettingshall).

1901 Census
49 Hall Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Elizabeth Griffiths (48, Widow, born Tipton), and her 5 children: Annie (23, born Tipton), Edward (19,Chainmaker's striker, born Tipton), Elijah (16, Nut & Bolt Screwer, born Tipton), David (10, born Tipton), and Paul (6, born Tipton).

Elijah married Mary Bishop on 25th June 1905 at St Matthew's Church, Tipton.

1911 Census
1 Wades Passage, Tipton, Staffs.
Elijah Griffiths (26, Labourer, born Tipton), his wife Mary (25, born Tipton), and their 2 children: Elijah (6, School, born Tipton), and Mary E. (5, born Tipton).

Elijah's widow, Mary, married again in 1918, and had two further children with her second husband.

Personal Data

Elijah Griffiths was one of 3 Griffiths brothers who lost their lives in the Great War. Elijah was killed serving with the Worcesters in April 1916, William also serving with the Worcesters in May 1915, and Paul serving with the South Staffs in October 1917.

After Elijah's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £3/17/4d (3 pounds, 17 shillings and 4 pence); this was paid to his widow and sole legatee, Mary, in June 1916. His War Gratuity was £3/0/0d (3 pounds exactly), this was also paid to Mary in September 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Elijah had enlisted within the previous 12 months.

Action resulting in his death

The researchers behind the Worcestershire Regiment website confirm "he died of wounds and is buried at Beauval Cemetery, they can be reasonably sure that he received his wounds while 1st/7th Worcesters were in the trenches near Hebuterne, some way to the east of Beauval. It seems likely that he was evacuated from Hebuterne to either a Casualty Clearing Station or a General Hospital near Beauval where he died, probably only days after receiving the wound."

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