Names on East Knoyle War Memorial

Robert Eric Griffiths

Surname: Griffiths
Other names: Robert Eric
Other people in this story:
John Griffiths
Augusta Mary Griffiths nee Brockway)
Joseph Fountain
Sarah Brockway
Locations in this story:
East Knoyle, Wiltshire
Wandsworth (Earlsfield) Cemetery, London
Knoyle Street, East Knoyle
Chobham Road, Stratford, London
London
South Drive, Wokingham, Berkshire

Story:
Robert Eric Griffiths was born in 1896 in East Knoyle and baptised there on 26th January, 1896. He was the son of John Griffiths, a labourer, and Augusta Mary Griffiths (nee Brockway). Robert lived most of his childhood with his grandmother, Sarah Brockway, a widow, at 15 Knoyle Street, East Knoyle, Wiltshire. His mother was employed as a parlour maid and living away from home. There is no record of the whereabouts of his father at this time. By the 1911 Census, Robert had moved away from East Knoyle and was living with his uncle, Joseph Fountain, at 61 Chobham Road, Stratford, London, where he was an apprentice tailor. He enlisted in London as a Private in the 10th Battalion of the Queen's Own (Royal West Surrey) Regiment (Service No. G/10059) and was awarded the Victory and British War medals. He died of an unknown cause in the UK on 13th April 1916 and was buried at Wandsworth (Earlsfield) Cemetery, London (grave id. Screen Wall G.B.18.136). He is remembered on the East Knoyle War Memorial. (NB His parents were shown on the WGC Memoriam as living at St. Mary's Cottage, South Drive, Wokingham, Berkshire.)

Images:
  • East Knoyle War Memorial

Links to related web content / sources:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The National Archives