James GRIFFIN
Rank: Private
Number: 76883
Unit: 1st Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 5 November 1918
Age: 20
Cemetery: Pont-sur-Sambre Communal Cemetery, Nord, France

James's service number suggest he was a recent recruit to the 1st Battalion and was killed in it's last action of the War.

He had been born in Stockport, the son of Alexander and Esther Griffin, 17 Dialstone Lane.

On 4th November, the 1st Cheshires were to the south west of the French town of Valenciennes, assembled at Joimetz. They were ordered to follow advancing battalions through the Foret de Mormal. At 5.30am, the Cheshires started the advance in front of the 15th Brigade through the forest. The Regimental History notes that this was an exceedingly arduous march due to continuous rain and the fact that the retreating German army had demolished the roads in parts, forcing detours. Transport wagons were unable to move and all ammunition and heavy guns had to be carried by hand.

The Battalion pushed on to Pont-sur-Sambre and arrived there at 9.40pm, just a few minutes after the enemy had left. The position was consolidated and patrols went forward to the river bank. There was heavy enemy artillery fire and this is probably how James was killed.

   
           
   
     
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