Battalion 2nd Battalion
Regiment Dorset Regiment
Killed in Action: 25th March 1917
Commemorated at: Basra Memorial, Iraq
Allix James William Griffith was the son of The Venerable Henry Wager Griffith, the vicar of Thorp Arch, and his wife, Eleanor Eva Griffith nee Pritchard. Allix was born on the 13th November 1895 in the Punjab, India. Henry and his wife had five children, but the eldest, Charles Allix Henry Griffith born in 1884 in Bengal had not survived to his first birthday. Henry had gone to India as a Chaplain in 1881, serving at Umballa, Delhi, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Murree and Amritsar before his years as Archdeacon. On his return from Lahore he was appointed Vicar of All Saints, Thorp Arch, West Yorkshire. Henry's other children were Arthur Lefroy Pritchard Griffith (1886-1932) who also served in WW1 (see his page), Winifred Noel Juliana Griffith (1888-1922) and Monica Harriet Louisa Griffith (1901-1963). Allix attended Chaterhouse School from 1909 to 1914 and then joined the Army. We include him on this site as his name was listed in The Collingham Parish Magazine in Fenruary 1915.
Allix's medal record shows that he first went to France on the 17th December 1914, and the entry on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site for Allix records that he was in 'G' Company of the 2nd Battalion Dorset Regiment. It also records a previous injury when he was wounded at St. Eloi, France in 1915. This throws up the fact that Allix must have gone to France with another, as yet unidentified unit, as the 2nd Battalion Dorset Regiment had been in India as war broke out and then went from there direct to Fao on the Persian Gulf, for service in Mesopotamia. Allix must have served in France and perhaps transferred unit after returning from the wounding at St.Eloi mentioned above.
Allix James William Griffith was Killed in Action on 25th March 1917 and is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.
Care must be taken not to confuse the records of Allix James William Griffith (Dorset Regiment) with his cousin James Allix Wager Griffith or the Royal Field Artillery.
1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 25964
The Collingham Parish Magazine Feb 1915
First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War Medal Index Rolls. The National Archives (WO329).
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery and Burial Reports
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