GRIFFIN, Edward James
(Service number 17711)

First Rank Last Rank Rifleman


Date 19 May 1883 Place of Birth

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment 45 Victoria St, Timaru
Occupation Labourer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Miss Mary Griffin (sister), C/- Mr Martin (Accountant), Timaru
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 6th Reinforcements 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date 26 July 1916
Transport Waitemata or Ulimaroa
Embarked From Wellington, New Zealand Destination Devonmport, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Liberation Date


Date 1 January 1917 Reason Due to contracting pulonary tuberculosis while on active duty

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 11 July 1918 Age
Place of Death Rotoroa Island, Auckland
Cause Died of disease
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials 2015 additions to the Tiimaru Memorial Wall; SCRoll web submission from M Moore, 14 March 2015

Biographical Notes

Born in Timaru, Edward served in the 9th Contingent in the South African (Boer) War. He reinlisted for World War One, but wasdischarged from the army due to contracting pulonary tuberculosis while on active duty in January 1917. He returned to New Zealand, dying on Rotoroa Island, Auckland on 7/11/1918, where he is possibly buried.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database (19 MArch 2015); Paul McNicholl's list of additional names for the Tiimaru Memorial Wall (August 2013); SCRoll web submission from M Moore, 14 March 2015.

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Researched and Written by

Liz Shea (SC branch NZSG); Tony Rippin (South Canterbury Museum)

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