Lieutenant LESLIE STEWART HERBERT GRIFFIN, of ‘D’ Company, 10th battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment was killed on 18 August 1916. He enlisted on the 8th of August 1914 in No 1 Company the Honourable Artillery Company. In March 1915 he caught measles, evidently a bad case as he was sent back to Britain on the 13th of March 1915. On the 16th of April he applied for a commission, requesting the 10/Gloucesters as his unit of choice. He was listed in the London Gazette as transferred from the Reserve on the 10th of May 1915. He was appointed a temporary Lieutenant, effective from the 4th of June, 1916 (but published in the London Gazette on the 7th of August, just 11 days before he died).
He was Mentioned in Despatches in the London Gazette on the 4th of January 1917. Citations for MiDs are difficult to find but his family believed "he was commended for bringing in a wounded man under considerable fire…on June 16th near Loos".
He is buried in Bazentin-le-Petit Communal Cemetery.
Location of Memorial:
He is remembered on the war memorial at St Dunstan’s College in Catford.
He was the son of Herbert and Clara Griffin, of Honor Oak Road, Forest Hill. He was educated at St. Dunstan's College School where he had been in the school OTC. He was living with his parents and working as a tea-broker when the war broke out.
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