Griffiths, Allen Rhys

He was the son of Llewellyn Edward and Bertha Mina Griffiths of Great Abshot, Titchfield (formerly Drayton Park, Longparish). Born at Rookley House, King’s Somborne, Stockbridge, he entered Mr. Bather’s House from Horris Hill.

On leaving Winchester he went to Messrs. Thorneycrofts’ works at Woolston but was engaged in tea-planting in Ceylon when war broke out. He returned in December 1914 and in the following March was gazetted to the R.F.A. He went to France early in July 1915 and was killed near Ypres on August 9th of that year.

Photograph of his headstone: He is commemorated on the war memorial at Wivelsfield in Sussex, where the original gravemarker is now fixed to the wall of the church. There is mystery as to why this is here as the family appear to have had no connection with the village.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Griffiths
  • Forenames or initials: Allen Rhys
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1906-1911
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 15th March 1893
  • Date of Death: 9th August 1915
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: RAMPARTS CEMETERY, LILLE GATE: Grave 1.2