GRIFFITHS, Edwin James
(Service number 48496)

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Date 27 February 1889 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 2 February 1917 Age 28 years
Address at Enlistment 15 Pollen Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Occupation Winchman
Previous Military Experience 3rd Auckland Infantry Band
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mrs A.GRIFFITHS (mother), 15 Pollen Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 4½ inches. Weight 124 lbs. Chest measurement 32-36 inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Hair brown. Sight - both eyes 6/6. Hearing and colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of all joints. Chest well formed. Heart and lungs normal. No illnesses. Pulse 76. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Vaccinated (left). Good bodily and mental health. Slight defect(s) but not sufficient to cause rejection. No fits. No absence from work. Bunion both feet. No distinctive marks or marks indicating congenital or previous disease. Class A.

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

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Date 25 June 1970 Age 81 years
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery Cremated Waikumete
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Edwin James GRIFFITHS, born on 27 February 1889 at Timaru, was the youngest in the family of six of Welsh-born Walter John Griffiths and his Scottish wife, Agnes née Andrews. His brother William died of his wounds in 1915 at Alexandria. Edwin has previously been rejected as unfit for Military Service on account of a bad knee. Edwin served with the Trentham Band for 13 months.


NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [10 July 1914]; NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ Ref. AABK 18805 W5922 0048006) [10 July 2016]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [10 July 2014, 09 July 2016]; Waikumete Cemetery records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG cemetery records) [09 July 2016]; Timaru Herald, 7 January 1886New Zealand Herald, 3 February 1917, 6 March 1917, 5 April 1935 (Papers Past) [09 July 2016]

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