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Harold was born in Wolverhampton in 1881, the son of Samuel and Helen J. Griffiths. In 1901 they were living at Parkside, Albert Road, Wolverhampton, along with Harold’s sister Ethel and grandmother Annie Lewis and aunt Mary Lewis. The 19-year-old Harold was a hosier’s apprentice. They were at the same address in 1911, by which date Harold had become a hosier and glover.

Harold enlisted first in the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 25543) and then joined the 1st/5th Battalion of the Prince of Wales’s Volunteers (South Lancashire) Regiment (number 31333). He participated in the Battle of Cambrai, but was killed in action on 30 November 1917. The value of his effects was £1666. He is remembered at the Cambrai memorial. He is also commemorated on the Roll of Honour in the Lady Chapel in St Peter’s Church.