Nelson Ralph Griffin - Southam
Service No: 7517
Date of Death: 08/01/1915
Age:28 Regiment/Service:Bedfordshire Regiment 1st Bn.
Panel Reference: Panel 31 and 33.
Memorial: YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL
Husband of Mrs. Powell (formerly Griffin), of Mountfield Gardens, Southam, Rugby.
Born in March 1886, Farnborough, Warwickshire
Father Thomas Griffin, mother Mary Ann Marshall
Married Mabel Alice Duckett from Southam 10 Sept 1910 at Southam
1911 Census. Address: Wood St., Southam. Age 25.
Occupation: Life Assurance Agent
Ralph Griffin of Southam was the grandfather of Alan Griffin the Leamington historian whose excellent book “Lest We Forget” is currently available. (email the author). Alan is a son of Southam and his parents kept the mill in the town. Reference is made to Ralph Griffin in the tower & on the war memorial at Southam Church.
Died at Wulverghem, 8th January, 1915, aged 28years. Former regular soldier, rejoined his old regiment, 1st Battalion, Bedfordshires. Shot through the head by a sniper. Ringer and former captain of Southam Utd. Football team, once won a prize at the Mop for singing a song with a greasy pig under his arm.
Southam, Warks, St JAmes
Tuesday 11th November 2014
1273 Grandsire Triples
1 Jenny Thorne
2 Anita Sherriff
3 William Jones
4 Terence Hill
5 Iain Hill
6 John Keddie
7 John Thorne (C)
8 Michael Hill
Rung half-muffled on Armistice Day
Remembering particularly two members of the
St James, Southam company of ringers who
made the supreme sacrifice.