Llewellyn David Griffiths
Llewellyn David Griffiths, Enlistment No.2351, Private in the 10th Light Horse. Enlisted 2nd February 1916 at Blackboy Hill. He was born 1896 in Perth, WA to parents David William Griffiths and Rose Eileen Fogg. His occupation was given as farmer. He embarked 16th May for the Middle East, arriving there on the 24th June 1916. On the 9th September he was detached to the 3rd Imperial Camel Corp. On the 19th April 1917 at Abasan-El-Kebir during a battle with the Turkish Army he suffered a rifle bullet to the right thigh. Luckily the wound didn’t involve the bones, nerves or major blood vessels and he was discharged on the 27th May. Llewellyn was wounded a second time on the 11th April 1918 with a gunshot wound to the left hand which splintered the metacarpal bone of the third finger. He recovered by mid-May to return to his Corp, however on the 3rd August he transferred back to the 10th Light Horse where he stayed for the remainder of his time in Egypt. He returned to Australia on the “Oxfordshire” on the 4th August 1919
The 1925 Electoral Rolls show Llewellyn back at Walebing Farming. In 1927 Llewellyn married Ngaire Aline Richter and the couple bought a property in Darlington around 1936. In 1940 the couple adopted their daughter who was to be their only child. Llewellyn, as well as farming also had skills as a builder, and in 1942 in order to earn an income from the property he put 5 cabins on the property, which was called Glen Doone. These were rented out as holiday cottages or longer term lets as there was a shortage of housing during the war when a lot of people moved to the hills. The property was sold in 1943 but the Griffiths family remained in Darlington as Ngaire’s parents lived here while in 1944 Llewellyn enlisted for WW2 and served with the Construction Corp (C.W 42545) in the Northern Territory at Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs. He was discharged on the 30th October 1944 after an operation for an eye abscess. He did try and claim compensation for his eye problem but this was rejected by the Government. In 1954 Llewellyn and Ngaire divorced and went their separate ways. Llewellyn moved to Kelmscott and continued to work as a builder until 1958 when he moved down to Esperance and returned to farming. He remained farming until he retired back to Perth to live in a nursing Home in Mount Lawley where he died in 1975 aged 79. He was cremated at Karrakatta and his ashes were taken. Ngaire and her daughter went to South Australia in 1954 where Ngaire remarried a John Eliott Thorp whom she had met while living in Darlington. Ngaire died in 1991 in South Australia and was cremated at the Centennial Park Crematorium in Springbank and her ashes scattered there.
Courtesy of Lyn Myles and Dawn Thorp (nee Griffiths)