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John was the fourth child of William and Elizabeth Griffin. They had six children (five boys, one girl) all of whom were born in Nottingham and were alive at the time of the 1911 Census. William and Elizabeth are recorded as married and living in Nottingham in 1881. William had been born in Nottingham and Elizabeth had been born in Ghent, Belgium, but was a British subject by parentage. By 1891 they were living at 4 Granville Grove, Sneinton, and had three sons, William B. (8), Frederick (4) and John (1). Ten years later they were at 41 Bombay Street, St Ann's, and had had two more children, Elizabeth (9) and Charles (5). William was a paper merchant porter (having previously been a warehouse porter) and his two eldest sons were both in work. The family had moved again by the time of the 1911 Census although they were still in the St Ann's district at 23 Lotus Street. They now had a fifth son, Albert Edward (9). Also declared on the census form was a grandchild, Mary Elizabeth (4), who may have been the daughter of their son, Frederick, who was also in the household; he had been married for four years and there had been two children of the marriage of whom only one survived. The eldest son, William, was not in the household. William senior was now a general dealer and his wife assisted him in the business; John, was also described as a general dealer and appears to have worked in his father's business. John's address at the time of his death was given in the notice in the local paper as Broad Oak Street (St Ann's) but it is not clear whether this was the family home or if he had left home by then. His brother Charles (Charlie) evidently served in the war as the notice described him as being in France; it appears that he survived the war.
In 1911 he was a general dealer.
20 Sep 1917
27
152695 - CWGC Website
65518
32nd Bn Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment)
No military record other than that on CWGC has yet been found. John died of wounds and is buried in Reninghelst New Military Cemetery (Grave Reference:IV.F.25).
Nottingham Evening Post obituary (abridged) 10 October 1917: ‘Griffin. Died of wounds September 20th 1917, Private J Griffin Royal Fusiliers of 50(?) Broad Oak Street, age 27. Mother, brothers Albert and Harry, Charlie in France.’ Research by Rachel Farrand
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