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Trooper Harry Griffiths

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Harry David Griffiths

Ancestor's date of birth: 10/04/1869

Ancestor's date of death: 26/05/1919

Cause of Death: (1) general paralysis of the insane; (2) exhaustion). Aged 55.

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Harry was born in Wales. He played for Essendon Football Club as a teenager, married in 1887 and my (Wendy Moline's) grandmother, Doris Griffiths was born in 1888 in the homestead he built at Laceby near Wangaratta in Victoria. Worked as a stud groom and family legend says that he bred a full brother to a Melbourne Cup winner. The homestead, Laceby Park is still standing. He became a widower in 1894.

Service Number: 713

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Melbourne.

Unit: Cameron's Scouts

Rank attained in Boer War: TPR, Date Effective: 1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): TPR, Date Effective: 10/09/1915

Murray Page: 251

Contingent: Third Victorian

Ship: Euryalus, Date of Sailing: 10/03/1900

Memorial details: Soldier's grave, Melbourne

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: Queen's South Africa Medal with Rhodesia and Transvaal clasps. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Personal Characteristics: Height 170 cm, weight 76 kg.

Reasons to go and fight: Wished to do the right thing by his countrymen (went twice to fight for us overseas).

Details of service in war: April to December 1900 in Rhodesia and west Transvaal as Caringtons' escort.

Service and life after the Boer War: Tried to enlist with his nephew for WWI service in 1914 but was rejected because of bad teeth. Was accpted in late 1915, joining 1st Australian Remount Unit and went to Egypt from where he was invalided home in late 1916. Admitted to 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbassia, 12 March 1916 (gout and lumbago); transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 27 March 1916 (rheumatism and bad teeth). Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Itonus', 10 June 1916; discharged (medically unfit: rheumatism and bad teeth), Melbourne, 16 August 1916. Died at No 16 Australian General Hospital, Melbourne, 26 May 1919.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Wendy Conners Moline, Millmerran QLD
Relationship to Ancestor: great grand daughter


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