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Cambrin Military Cemetery

In 1915 this was known as 'Chateau Cemetery', due to its location behind the mayor's house. It was never more than a kilometre behind the front line for most of the war. On 25 September, British troops launched their assault from positions just to the east of here, some of them enveloped by their own gas cloud while waiting to attack.

One of those commemorated in Cambrin Military Cemetery is Private Harry Griffin:

Harry Griffin was born in the village of Whatstandwell, Derbyshire, UK in 1886. After leaving school, he worked as a factory hand making hosiery. Sometime before 1911 the family left Whatstandwell and moved to New Mills, the other side of the Peak District. Here, Harry worked in a calico printing works with four of his six siblings, his father and his cousin. Both Harry and his father were well known in the New Mills area as poultry breeders, winning many prizes with their Wyandotte chickens.

After war broke out in 1914, Harry enlisted in the British Army and spent the rest of the year in training. On 17 May 1915 he married Lizzie Tebb, a domestic servant and coal miner's daughter from Nottinghamshire. 

Just two weeks after Harry's marriage to Lizzie he would be in France.

Harry joined the 1st Battalion of The King's (Liverpool Regiment) as part of a draft of reinforcements, the 1st Battalion having suffered heavy losses during the Battle of Festubert in May 1915.

On 25 September 1915, the first day of the Battle Griffinof Loos, Harry's battalion took heavy causalities during their attack. The battalion was still in line two days later when Harry was wounded during a strong German counter-attack.
   
On 4 November Harry's commanding officer wrote to his mother:

Dear Madam,
In reply to your letter it is my sad duty to inform you that Private H. Griffin 28257 died on September 27th. I am pleased to be able to tell you that your son met an honourable death in action on that day. He received a severe wound in the side, and was able to make his way unaided to the dressing station, but here he died in the doctor's arms. Your son received a Christian burial, and his last resting place is marked with a wooden cross. He has met the fate which has been meted out to thousands of other brave men in this terrible war, and I offer you what consolation I can.
I am, yours truly,
J.R. Swallow

Harry was laid to rest in Cambrin Military Cemetery, close to where he died. His will divided his belongings between his mother and his new wife Lizzie.

The CWGC would like to thank Crich Parish WW1 and the Tebb family.