WW1 Medal Groups
WW1 Trio, Royal Field Artillery - Named To Griffiths
A WW1 medal group awarded to 9678, Driver David John Griffiths, who served with the Royal Field Artillery.
According to Griffiths’ Medal Index Card which can be viewed by clicking on here, (if you have access to Ancestry, although a paper copy will be provided with this listing), he arrived in France on 9/7/15.
The details of his awards are as follows:
1914-15 Star named to 9678, DVR: D. J. GRIFFITHS, R.F.A.
British War Medal and Victory Medal named to 9678 DVR. D. J. GRIFFITHS. R.A.
The medals are supplied loose, with replacement ribbons along with a set of contemporary miniature medals, and a photo of Griffiths in uniform.
Griffiths’ medal roll details can be viewed by clicking on here and on here, (again if you have access to Ancestry). Sadly, neither of these provide any indication as to which unit he served in however, his service records can be viewed by clicking on here, (if you have a subscription to ‘find my past’).
In summary they indicate that Griffiths’ was born in Carmarthen, Wales and enlisted in September 1914 at the age of 19, prior to this he worked as a steelworker.
His very well preserved service records (20 plus pages) detail all the batteries he served with - it appears that in the main he served with the 216 Brigade RFA.
He served in France from July 1915, and in September 1918 he was posted to India he remained there until he was discharged from the service in March 1920.
He was hospitalised twice, once for a gunshot wound to the foot and on another occasion wounded by shellfire (when he returned to England to recuperate). It would appear that his career was not blemish free and he was reprimanded a number of times, on one occasion sentenced to 7 days Field Punishment No 2, and on another, he was AWOL for 24 Hours and confined to barracks for 7 days and docked pay - a fascinating read.
I have undertaken no further research on this man, but given the detail in his records he would be easily traced on Ancestry.
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