GRIFFITHS, Reginald Eyton – Gresford War Memorial

Written and researched by Mavis Williams

Reginald Eyton Griffiths  parents, Alfred John Griffiths and Florence Eyton Bartlett were married in All Saints Church Gresford in 1899:-

Gresford Parish Registers – Marriages

Page 65 No. 130 27th September 1899 Alfred John GRIFFITHS, 34, Widower, Painter, Gresford, father William GRIFFITHS, Grocer & Florence Eyton BARTLETT, 34, Spinster, Gresford, father Charles BARTLETT, Parish Clerk.

Witnesses:- Charles Ed. BARTLETT & Mabel HODGE.

Reginald Eyton’s birth was registered in the December quarter of 1900(West Derby,  Lancashire

Volume: 8b Page: 471) and he was baptised at St Chrysostom, Everton, Lancashire, England and it’s this source that tells us that he was born on the 15th September 1900 and baptised on the 7th October 1900, his father’s occupation was “Decorator” and their abode was Gresford.


Reginald Eyton Griffiths is seen for the first time on the 1901 census, living at Chester Road, Gresford, Denbighshire, his father Alfred John, 35,  was head of the household and a House Painter who had been born in Chester.   His mother Florence Eyton, 36 had been born in Rossett, Denbighshire according to the census.   Young Reginal Eyton was 6 months old and had been born in Liverpool, Lancashire.   There was 1 servant, Gertrude Williams, age 15 in the household.

By 1911 the family had moved to Fern Bank, Gresford, Denbighshire (5 Rooms) (All spoke only English).   Alfred , 43, tells us that they had been married 11 years and was now an employer, but still a House Painter.  Florence Eyton, 44 tells us that 3 children had been born to them, but sadly 1 had died.   Reginald Eyton, was now 10 years old and his sister Kathleen Eyton was 7 and had been born in Gresford.  So Reginald was their only son.

It appears that Reginald Eyton Griffiths enlisted in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, R.N. Depot (Crystal Palace), but not sure what date.   His father died as can be seen on the Gravestone in the Churchyard at Gresford:-

R.E.Griffiths

Ord seaman mz/6158

Royal Naval Vol Reserve.

R.N. Depot (Crystal Palace).

5th October 1918.

age 18.

Son Of Florence Eyton Griffiths,

of ‘The Warren’ Gresford.

and the late Alfred John Griffith.

Inscription:

‘Thou O Lord, art in the midst of them’

 

Photo added by Stan Murphy


This may be the death certificate of Alfred:- GRIFFITHS, Alfred J  – Holt, Wrexham County Borough ((Wrexham) HOLT/17/26))

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

GRIFFITHS, REGINALD EYTON

Rank:Ordinary Seaman

Service No:Mersey Z/6158

Date of Death:05/10/1918

Age:18

Regiment/Service:Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve R.N. Depot (Crystal Palace).

Grave Reference: On South boundary.

Cemetery:GRESFORD (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD


Additional Information:Son of Florence Eyton Griffiths, of “The Warren,” Gresford, and the late Alfred John Griffiths.

Reginald Eyton Griffiths in the UK, Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll, 1914-1919 confirms all the above and also tells us that he died from disease and as he died in 1918, I wonder if it was the Spanish Flu which was wreaking havoc in the world and as indeed Flintshire, where it is said it was very severe, Flintshire was hit very hard.   However, although sometimes the official documents state “Home” as the place of death, it means the UK and not necessarily their home.  Relatives Notified and Address: Mother: The Warren, Gresford, Denbighshire

Reginald Eyton Griffiths in the UK, British Army and Navy Birth, Marriage and Death Records, 1730-1960 gives his age as 18 years old.


Researched and compiled by Mavis Williams.

Photo added by Stan Murphy


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