Griffith, Walter Stanley Currie

He was the son of Lloyd and Ella May Griffith of Folkestone and came to Winchester with an Exhibition from Hurst Court, Hastings. He reached Sixth Book and on leaving Winchester went up to London and qualified as a solicitor. From 1903 to 1914 he lived at Maurice Hostel, Hoxton and devoted himself to work among the poor in the East End of London, organising clubs and holiday homes and offering professional assistance free of charge to any of his poor neighbours who were in need of it. He was a member of the Shoreditch Borough Council and secretary of the London branch of the Christian Social Union, and acted as legal adviser to the Working Women’s Advice Bureau on questions of insurance and compensation.

When the war came he immediately volunteered and after much difficulty with the medical authorities on account of his short sight, enlisted in the 6th Battalion Leinster Regiment, taking with him a party of some thirty men and boys from Hoxton. For a long time he could not be persuaded to accept a commission and it was not until the members of his party had become separated that he agreed to the request of his officers.

He was ordered to the Dardanelles in the spring of 1915 and fell in action on Rhododendron Spur, above Suvla Bay, on August 9th. The Adjutant of his Battalion described how he died: “Your son died doing his duty under trying circumstances – enduring artillery fire without being able to reply to it ourselves, a task that is often required of us infantry… Your son was killed instantaneously, and he was buried by us… I was not with him at the time. We all deeply regret his loss, to you as a son and to the regiment as a good and capable officer, and we all sympathize with you in your sorrow.” He was buried where he fell but his body could not later be identified with certainty. He is commemorated by Special Memorial B.65 in the Embarkation Pier Cemetery, indicating that he is believed to be buried there.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Griffith
  • Forenames or initials: Walter Stanley Currie
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1896-1900
  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Leinster Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 14th October 1882
  • Date of Death: 9th August 1915
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A5
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: EMBARKATION PIER CEMETERY, GALLIPOLI: Special Memorial B.65