Harry Griffiths, MM



Aug 23, 1889

Born at Cardiff Wales


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59395 (temporary number 868)

Ø      Next of kin given as Louise Griffiths (widowed mother) of 47 Glamorgan St., Cardiff Wales

Ø      Previous occupation given as Steel Worker

Ø      Previous military experience given as 43rd DCOR (Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles), Ottawa

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company (later reorganized to “D” Company)


Jan 8, 1915

Admitted to Kingston General Hospital with Gonorrhea


Jan 30, 1915

Discharged from hospital to duty


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Nov 18, 1915

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl with pay


Sep 18, 1916

Admitted to No 3 Stationary hospital with shrapnel wounds to left leg and invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Denis


Posted to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Sep 19, 1916

Admitted to the Military Hospital at Trowbridge


Oct 20, 1916

Transferred to Fort Pitt Military Hospital at Chatham


Oct 28, 1916

Transferred to Military Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Nov 1, 1916

Sprained right wrist while participating in Physical Training


Dec 12, 1916

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at St Leonard’s for conditioning and physical training


Jan 24, 1917

Ceases to be On Command and posted to 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


May 30, 1917

Sent as part of a draft to the 21st Battalion as a reinforcement


May 31, 1917

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 20, 1917

Left 2 CIBD to join unit


Jun 22, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Jun 28, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Sgt with pay


Aug 21, 1917

Reverts to rank of L/Cpl at own request and joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Nov 12, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Cpl with pay


Jan 14, 1918

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with an infection to right foot


Jan 16, 1918

Transferred to No 12 CFA


Jan 18, 1918

Transferred to No 18 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Jan 21, 1918

Admitted to No 4 General Hospital at Camiers


Mar 6, 1918

Transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot at Etaples, and diagnosis changed to read ICT (Inter-Connective Tissue) Infection


Mar 12, 1918

Transferred to No 12 Convalescent Depot


Mar 13, 1918

Transferred to No 13 Convalescent Depot at Trouville


Apr 10, 1918

Discharged to Base Detail at Etaples from hospital


Apr 13, 1918

TOS No 2 CIBD at Havre and posted to “A” which is the Company for those rehabilitating from wounds


Apr 19, 1918

Left 2 CIBD for the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp


Apr 20, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Aug 8, 1918

Promoted to rank of Cpl


Aug 19, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Sep 4, 1918

Award of Military Medal announced in the War Diary


Sep 5, 1918

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Oct 16, 1918

Promoted to rank of Sgt


Nov 9, 1918

From the Communiqué, the post war newsletter for the 21st Battalion Association



Dec 23, 1918        From the War Diary



Jan 24, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #31142



Mar 6, 1919           From the War Diary



Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the SS Western Australia at Havre


Disembarked in England and is “P” Wing at CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) at Witley for processing pending return to Canada


Apr 15, 1919

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) at 7.00 am


May 5, 1919

TOS EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) at Seaford 

It should be noted here that the Battalion departed from Liverpool for Canada on May 14 while Sgt Griffiths was AWL


May 29, 1919

Reported for duty from being AWL


Jun 1, 1919

TOS “N” Wing at CCC Witley pending release


Jul 1, 1919

Posted to “H” Wing at Witley


Jul 5, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in England 

Proposed residence on discharge – 47 Glamorgan St., Cardiff Wales


Jul 2, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 47 Glamorgan St., Cardiff Wales


Aug 22, 1958

Died at Pearson Hospital, Vancouver British Columbia


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