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1074 Pte. A. Griffen, Rifle Brig. PoW Rietfontein 07/07/1900 5 months 1 week ago #86299

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QSA with CC and OFS officially named to 1074 Pte. A. Griffen, Rifle Brigade.

Albert Griffin was born in 1872 at Leeds, Yorkshire. He enlisted into the Rifle Brigade on the 20/2/1891 and was stationed in England until 1/5/1896 when he was deployed to South Africa 2/5/96 – 22/6/97 when he fought as a mounted infantryman with the Rifle brigade in the 2nd Matabele War. (Baden-Powell was assigned to Matabeleland as Chief of Staff to Gen. Carrington at this time and was in charge of the scouts)

He returned to England and served 23/6/97 – 26/10/99 when he was again deployed to South Africa to fight in the 2nd Boer War 27/10/99 – 24/4/01. It was during this time he was taken prisoner by the Boers on the 30/6/1900 approximately 10 miles south east of Heilbron (Newspapers but 7th July at Rietfontein by the S.A. Roll). By 18 May 1900, the Orange Free State was defeated however many Boer fighters refused to surrender. The area surrounding Heilbron was rife with guerilla activity and he would have been captured by one of the Boer groups.

He was released from Nooitgadacht 5th Sept 1900 by the newspaper account.
It would appear that he was invalided home on the 25/4/01 – 13/4/02 when he again returned to serve in South Africa 14/4/02 – 19/8/02 when he returned to England to be discharged on the 19/2/03.

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