A 1915 Star Trio and Memorial Plaque to Private R.M. Griffiths, Yorkshire Light Infantry, died of wounds on 4th June 1915 on the same day that he had received them, with an emotive letter home from a friend to Griffiths' mother explaining the circumstances of his death.
1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal all named to 22885 Private R.M. Griffiths, Yorkshire Light Infantry. Memorial Plaque named to Morris Robert Griffiths.
Private Robert Morris Griffiths, 2nd Battalion, King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry killed in action on 4th June 1915, aged 35. The husband of Catherine Griffiths, of 2 Gardiner Crescent, Pelton Fell, County Durham, he is buried at Vormezeele Enclosure No.3.
With the medals is a handwritten letter from Private Joseph Ord, a friend of his in the same regiment to his widow. The text of which as follows:
‘Dear Mrs Griffiths, I am sorry to inform you that your dear husband was severely wounded through the head at 6 o’clock am and passed away at 4pm the same day June 4th, everything possible was done for him but he was too severely shot to recover. He has been decently buried, he was well liked by us all there were 5 of us mates and I tell you it made us all very sad. He had just had a letter from you and he seemed light hearted. He was a good soldier and very anxious to do hi bit for his country I know it will be a great shock to you because I know he would be a good husband we got all his bits of goods and if any of us return safely they will be returned to you. You must try to bear up under your sad loss hoping the knowledge that he died bravely defending his country will comfort you. It is very sad and you have the heartfelt sympathy of us all, he was always talking about you and the bairn and talking about his garden. Mr J.H. Richardson’s home is somewhere near where you live, he is with us, you must go and see Mrs Richardson and I am sure she will comfort you and tell you more particulars about poor Bob which she will received from Jim. We will get a wreath and put on Bob’s grave the next time we come up here, you must not go to any expense to send anything excepting you get some memory cards and send us all one, write back to me and I will give all the information I can. We will burn his letters. I will say no more at present, hoping God will protect and comfort you in your sad bereavement’
I remain, yours sincerely Joseph Ord.
An emotive group with a rare example of a letter home from one of his comrades detailing the circumstances of his death. Also with his Fibre ID Tag.