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James enlisted at Birmingham with the 2nd Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 16699). He first served in France from 17 March 1915. James was awarded the Military Medal, as mentioned in the London Gazette on 6 January 1917, but he had been killed in action on 28 July 1916 at Delville Wood. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Tracking James’s birth and family details has been more tricky. the Army Register of Soldier’s Effects gives his widow’s name as Ellen, but I have not been able to confirm details of his marriage. Equally, without more details of his age, I have not been able to track down his birth entry (although he was apparently born in Bilston). There is a James Charles Griffiths living with parents John Thomas and Sarah Scholfield Griffiths at 71 Queens Hotel, Bloxwich, Walsall, in 1911, but that is the most likely one I have found.