​ An emotive Great War family group to two brothers, one 2nd Lieutenant J.W. Griffith, surname also spelt Griffiths, 2nd/5th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, Territorial Force late Private with the 18th Service Battalion - 3rd City Pals, Manchester Regiment, who was commissioned in August 1917, and younger brother, Rifleman C. Griffiths, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade, who was killed in action during the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916.

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An emotive Great War family group to two brothers, one 2nd Lieutenant J.W. Griffith, surname also spelt Griffiths, 2nd/5th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, Territorial Force late Private with the 18th Service Battalion - 3rd City Pals, Manchester Regiment, who was commissioned in August 1917, and younger brother, Rifleman C. Griffiths, 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade, who was killed in action during the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916.

1914-1915 Star; (10643 PTE J.W. GRIFFITH. MANCH.R.); Victory Medal; (2.LIEUT. J.W. GRIFFITH.)
Condition: Good Very Fine.
John William Griffith, surname also given as Griffiths, saw service during the Great War initially as a Private (No.10643) with the 18th Service Battalion - 3rd City Pals, Manchester Regiment, serving out on the Western Front from 25th December 1915. Commissioned on 28th August 1917 as a 2nd Lieutenant into the 2nd/5th Battalion, Manchester Regiment, Territorial Force, he then saw further service out on the Western Front, where his battalion formed part of the 199th Brigade in the 66th (2nd East Lancashire) Division. His battalion was reduced to Cadre strength in April 1918. Griffith claimed his medals in November 1920 when residing in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

British War Medal 1914-1919; (S-9139 PTE. C. GRIFFITHS. RIF.BRIG.)

Condition: Nearly Extremely Fine.

Cecil Griffiths, the brother of John William Griffiths, was born on 1st October 1896, the youngest son of Clement and Sarah Griffiths, and by 1911 was working as a bookstall boy, and living with his widowed north, his older brother John William, and two sisters at 19 West Street, Manchester. With the outbreak of the Great War, he enlisted into the British Army in March 1915, joining as a Rifleman (No.S-9139) the 1st Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Seeing service out on the Western Front from 20th July 1915, he was killed in action during the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1st July 1916. He has no known grave, and is commemorated by name on the Thiepval Memorial, being three months short of his twentieth birthday.