John William Griffiths

North Staffordshire Regiment

Personal Details

Born: John`s birth was registered in the first quarter 1882 in Corwen, Merionethshire, Wales.

Family: He was the eldest of two children born to Samuel Griffiths, a tailor, and his wife Eleanor. No definite marriage can be found for John.

Residence: At the time of his birth his family were living in Corwen, Merionethshire. Ten years later, with his mother now a widow, they had moved to Green End, Whitchurch, Shropshire. There was no trace of John on either the 1901 or 1911 Census, however his mother was living at 14 St. Mary`s Street,  the address given for him on the 1919 Absent Voters` List for Whitchurch. On the Pension Ledger and Index Card for him, the address of 14 St Mary`s Street was crossed out and replaced by 39 Worthington Street, though who lived there is not known. He was living at 14 St. Mary’s Street at the time of his death.

Employment:  Not known

Died:  Quarter 4 1929 in Whitchurch, Shropshire, aged 48; buried on 6 November 1929 in Whitchurch cemetery.

Military Details

Regiment: North Staffordshire Regiment

Rank: Private

Service Number: 21874

Date of Enlistment: Not known

Date of Discharge: 10 April 1919

Reason for Discharge: Not known

Medals and Awards

John was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Victory Medal).

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

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