Griffen/Griffin, W J
WILLIAM JOHN GRIFFEN
Remembered with honour La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial.
He enlisted in Hounslow, Middx, 17 December 1909 a labourer; was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914 Star medals, his qualifying date being 13 August 1914, and was killed in action. Unfortunately, William’s Service Record appears to be one that did not survive the World War Two bombing.
There is an article about William in the Watford Illustrated dated 10 October 1914, and the caption to a photograph in the issue dated 8 May 1915.
Son of George and the late Mary (nee PLANT) GRIFFIN of Watford.
His parents married 1888 in the Colchester, Essex, district. George died 1936 aged 69; Mary died 1903 aged 36; both in the Watford district.
William was born 1890 in Aldershot, Hants, and resided in Watford.
On the 1891 Census, there is only a James Henry aged 1 who lived in Aldershot, with his parents and one sibling. On the 1901 Census, aged 9 he lived in Watford, with his parents and four siblings. On the 1911 Census, a Private in the 4th Battalion Royal Fusiliers aged 20, he was stationed in Aldershot.
Unit4th (City of London) Battalion (Royal Fusiliers)
Date of death10/09/1914
Age at death25
Place of death
NotesHis brother George died 21 April 1915 and also features on this Roll of Honour
- 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)