Griffen/Griffin, E J
ERNEST JOHN GRIFFIN
Remembered with honour Vignacourt British Cemetery: Plot II, Row A, Grave 8.
He enlisted in Dover, Kent; was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals, his qualifying date being 6 October 1914, and died of natural causes. Unfortunately, Ernest’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is a Death announcement for Ernest in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 18 May 1918.
Son of George and Elizabeth (nee RODWELL) GRIFFIN; husband of Ella Annie (nee DRYBURGH) GRIFFIN.
His parents married 22 October 1860 at Sts Peter & Paul, Wingrave, Bucks. George died 1920 in Watford aged 85, and was buried 3 February in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Elizabeth died 1927 in Watford aged 85, and was buried 25 January, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery.
Ernest was born 15 May 1881 in Rowsham, Bucks, and baptised 28 August 1881 at Sts Peter & Paul, Wingrave. He attended first Miss Hannah de Rothschild’s Infants’ School, Wingrave, from 29 September 1885 to May 1887. He married 1908 in the Guildford, Surrey, district; they had one child. He resided in Watford. Ella never remarried, and died 15 November 1973 in Watford aged 92.
On the 1891 Census, a scholar aged 9 he lived in Aston Abbots, Bucks, with his parents and five siblings. On the 1901 Census, he is proving elusive. On the 1911 Census, a coachman aged 30, he lived in Shanty Green, Surrey, with his wife and one child.
Date of death08/05/1918
Age at death36
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)