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Major A L P Griffith


Claro Times - 3rd April 1915

Lieutenant A L P Griffith, of the Royal Field Artillery, had the honour of being received by the King, when His Majesty invested him with the Insignia of the Order of the Distinguished Service Order. Lieutenant Griffith is the well-known Yorkshire and Harrogate Rugby Union forward. He and Lieutenant H A McIlmaine, the Yorkshire Rugby captain, were recently mentioned in despatches by Field-Marshal Sir John French. Lieutenant Griffith also played football for the North of England and for the Army and the Blackheath Club, and on one occasion he took part in a Welsh Rugby Union International trial match, in which he scored two brilliant tries. He was considered one of the fastest forwards in modern football.


Harrogate Herald - 23rd May 1917

Wednesday Gossip

Captain (acting Major) A L P Griffith, RFA, continues to win honours on the battlefield, and is among the "specially mentioned" in Field-Marshall Sir Douglas Haig's recently published despatch. The Harrogate and Yorkshire Rugby forward, it will be remembered, received the DSO some time ago.


Harrogate Herald - 8th August 1917

Major A L P Griffith, Distinguished Service Order, of the Royal Field Artillery, reported wounded, is the well-known Harrogate and Yorkshire Rugby Union football player. He played as a forward in several matches for Yorkshire. He is the son of the Rev W H Griffith, Vicar of Thorparch, and nephew of Miss Griffith, East Parade, Harrogate.


Harrogate Herald - 5th September 1917

W H Breare letter

I am grateful to Captain J J G Greenwood for giving us the opportunity of sending his battalion socks, of which they stand just now in great need. Likewise for letting me know that the boys wanted two footballs. The latter have been sent and a first installment of socks. You will be interested to know that when Captain Greenwood returned from leave he went over in the same boat as Major A L P Griffith, DSO, who has since been wounded, and was a member of the old Harrogate Rugby Club, whilst Captain Greenwood belonged to the Old Boys FC. They would thus be able to review their old football days.


Harrogate Herald - 17th October 1917

Roll of Honour

Second Lieutenant J A W Griffith, RFA, who is the son of Mr J F Griffith, solicitor, of The Glebe, Blackheath, London, and grandson of the late Rev J Griffith, rector of Flaxton, York, has been wounded. He is a cousin of Major A L P Griffith, of Harrogate, the Yorkshire Rugby football player. He was educated at Harrow and Woolwich, whence he proceeded to the Front, where he has done good work. This is the second time he has been wounded.