King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918


Griffin, Harold Samuel

Second Lieutenant ▪ King’s Shropshire Light Infantry

Harold Samuel Griffin, born on 1st February 1890, was admitted to King Edward’s School in January 1900. He was the only son of Edith (deceased) and widower Joseph, a manufacturing jeweller. The family, including his sister, Mary, lived on Radnor Road, Handsworth.

According to the School Lists, Harold did not particularly excel at sport or classwork, though he must have been an able boy to earn a place at the School. His mother died at some point between the 1901 and 1911 Censuses, which Harold must have found difficult. After leaving School, he worked as the secretary for his father’s jewellery firm and married Margaret (née Flanagon), moving to 11, King’s Road, Mumbles, Swansea.

Harold joined the Artists’ Rifles Officer Training Corps in February 1916, and in January 1917 gained a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. He was killed in action on 9th April 1917 at Arras, and is buried in Beaurains Road Cemetery, France.