DATA BASE REF: M/A 1012
4th SON OF JACK AND ESTHER GRIFFIN
BORN AT AILSWORTH – 44 MAIN STREET
I was called up for the army in November 1939 and enlisted at Cambridge, later being posted to Bury St Edmunds with the 49th Division Royal Engineers.
After completing the intensive Training Course in the first year, we moved around England, Scotland and Wales bridge building, mine laying etc.
My most hazardous time during my army service was during the invasion of France with the 2nd Front. We landed on the French coast at Arramanches on D. Day Plus 1, eventually pushing through France, Belgium and Holland into Germany.
During this time I was wounded twice, resulting in long spells in hospital. When peace was declared I was demobbed at Aldershot arriving home in Ailsworth in 1947.
Two years later I married Ella Wingrove from Wansford, we have two children – Jill (now in Australia) and David – and five grandchildren – one boy and four girls