GRIFFITHS, Arthur Stuart
(Service number 15077)

First Rank Sergeant Last Rank Corporal


Date 14 April 1896 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date 7 March 1916 Age 19 years 10 months
Address at Enlistment Rangiora
Occupation Furniture salesman
Previous Military Experience Ambulance - 4 years & still serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Mr R. S. GRIFFITHS (father), Hassall Street, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 14th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 26 June 1916
Transport Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

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Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Department manager


Date 6 September 1952 Age 56 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Stuart and Alice Margaret (née Philpott) Griffiths. He was educated at Timaru Main School. His mother died in 1917 at Timaru. His eldest brother, George Robert Griffiths, enlisted for service; the second brother, Charles Robert Stuart Griffiths, died young; and the third, Leonard Stuart Griffiths, served in World War One.

Arthur was a furniture salesman for NZ Farmers at Rangiora when he enlisted. He may well have given himself two extra years to allow him to enlist. He named his father as next-of-kin. Sergeant A. S. Griffiths embarked with the Canterbury Infantry Battalion of the 14th Reinforcements on 26 June 1916, leaving from Wellington.

Corporal A. S. Griffiths, of Timaru, returned home by the hospital ship “Marama”, which arrived at Auckland on 20 July 1919, with 672 men aboard. In 1921 he married May Lizzie Crisp. Arthur Stuart Griffiths died on 6 September 1952 at Christchurch, aged 56 years.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [[11 May 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [11 May 2021]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [11 May 2021]; Press, 8 July 1919, Otago Daily Times, 9 July 1919 (Papers Past) [07 May 2021]

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