DATA BASE REF: M/A 1013
RICHARD EDWARD GRIFFIN
3RD SON OF JACK AND ESTHER GRIFFIN
Before the war Dick worked for Milton Estates and did his apprenticeship for Bricklaying and Building serving under Mr Leeder of Longthorpe.
He joined the Royal Suffolk Regiment on joining up in 1942 and in January 1943 was posted to Turkey and from there to North Africa. In March 1944 he was sent to Tunis and in June to Algiers.
Later that month the Regiment was sent along the coast to Italy and on the 24th to Naples leaving there for Gibralter in July. It was here Dick was promoted to Lance Corporal serving with the Military Police until demob in 1946.
In December 1942 – on first being posted – he married Joan Spademan of Woodnewton in St Mary’s Church.
After being demobbed he returned to Milton to work, living with his family at 25 Church Hill Castor – in the end cottage of three – presently converted to a single property known as “Vine House”.
In 1949 he was appointed by Milton Estates, to Estate Manager at Great Gidding, living here until his death in 1984 aged 64 years. Here Joan and Dick raised their family of seven girls. His widow now lives in Main Street Great Gidding.