Thomas, Griffith (19th RWF)

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Griffith Thomas

36810, Private, 19th Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Killed in action, 23 November 1917, aged 21
No known grave (Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France)

CWGC registered (Son of Mrs Annie Thomas, of 19, Augusta St, Llandudno, Carnarvonshire)

Born in 1896, Griffith Thomas was the son of John and Annie Thomas. He was born at Llangernyw, Denbighshire and the Census of Wales for 1901 records John Thomas as being a farm labourer. Ten years later, Annie Thomas was a servant living at “Park House”, Mostyn Street, Llandudno whilst Griffith (14) was a farm labourer living at “Rose Cottage”, Trefriw.

Giving his address as “Park House”, Mostyn Street, Griffith volunteered for the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at Llandudno on 10 November 1915 and joined the 20th (Reserve) Battalion at Conway the following day. His regimental number was 36810. The battalion trained at Kinmel Park. Griffith embarked at Folkestone on 18 March 1916 and joined the 16th (Service) Battalion RWF (formed Llandudno November 1914) on 20 April 1916. On 29 November 1916 he was evacuated by 129 Field Ambulance with acute abdominal pains and was returned to England on 13 December 1916 where he was given an appendectomy. After his convalescence, he was posted back to France on 11 May 17 and posted to the 19th (Service) Battalion RWF (originally a Bantam Battalion) on 2 June 1917.

Griffith Thomas was killed in action during the Battle of Cambrai. He has no known grave and for official purposes his death is recorded as being on 23 November 1917. He was aged 21.

Known memorials:

  • Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, France
  • Llandudno Roll of Honour
  • Llandudno War Memorial
  • Memorial Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno

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