Llewellyn Griffiths

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Commander Llewellyn Griffiths (23 January, 1871 – 31 October, 1942) was an officer in the Royal Navy.

Life & Career

The son of a Colonel from Broadstairs. Griffiths gained eleven months' time on passing out of Britannia. His first naval appointment was two years in the central battery ironclad Audacious on the China Station]] from July 1886 to July 1888. He stayed in China another year, spending time in Imperieuse and Sapphire. On 19 July 1889, he was appointed to Camperdown for the Annual Manoeuvres of 1889.[1]

Griffiths was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 13 November, 1892.[2]

Griffiths was appointed in command of the destroyer Hardy on 15 April, 1898.[3]

He was appointed in command of the destroyer Chamois on 13 January, 1899.[4]

On 2 May, 1899, he was appointed to Psyche on the North American Squadron as First Lieutenant. He was invalided out in March, 1901.[5]

Griffiths was appointed in command of the torpedo gunboat Skipjack from mid January 1902 to 18 October 1904. He was blamed for the 1904 flooding of the ship's forward 4.7-in magazine.

Griffiths was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1904.[6]

Griffiths was appointed executive officer in the second class battleship Trafalgar on 25 April 1905. On 7 May 1906, he received a favourable inspection of Trafalgar, except his wine bills were noted as being excessive. On 6 July he was superseded and went to Portsmouth for a Signal Course and a War Course.[7]

His last appointment was in Cumberland from 21 February to 12 March, 1907, after which he went on half pay. A survey was requested to see if his ill health was due to alcoholism, and Commander-in-Chief, Devonport opined that Griffiths should not again be employed.[8]

An application to join the Coast Guard was refused in early 1908. Griffiths was placed on the Retired List by his own request on 16 December, 1909. He suffered a decision to suspend his retired pay at the turn of 1914 for failure to support his wife and children, but he seemingly corrected affairs before this took effect.[9]

There is no indication that Griffiths was called up for service in either World War.

See Also

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
Edward H. F. Heaton-Ellis
Captain of H.M.S. Hardy
15 Apr, 1898[10][11] – 12 Jan, 1899[12]
Succeeded by
Harry H. Smyth
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Chamois
13 Jan, 1899[13][14] – 2 May, 1899[15]
Succeeded by
Robert G. Corbett
Preceded by
Hastings F. Shakespear
Captain of H.M.S. Skipjack
14 Jan, 1902[16][17] – 18 Oct, 1904[18]
Succeeded by
Oscar M. Makins
Preceded by
Wyndham Forbes
Captain of H.M.S. Sharpshooter
19 Oct, 1904[19][20] – 8 Feb, 1905[21]
Succeeded by
Oscar M. Makins

Footnotes

  1. Griffiths Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/159. f. 170.
  2. Griffiths Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/159. f. 170.
  3. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 31 March, 1898. Issue 35478, col D, p. 11.
  4. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 5 January, 1899. Issue 35718, col B, p. 4.
  5. Griffiths Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/159. f. 170.
  6. Griffiths Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 170.
  7. Griffiths Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/159. f. 170.
  8. Griffiths Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43/159. f. 170.
  9. Griffiths Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 170.
  10. "Naval & Military Intelligence" . The Times. Thursday, 31 March, 1898. Issue 35478, col D, p. 11.
  11. Griffiths Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 170.
  12. Griffiths Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 170.
  13. "Naval & Military Intelligence" (Official Appointments and Notices). The Times. Thursday, 5 January, 1899. Issue 35718, col B, p. 4.
  14. Griffiths Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 170.
  15. Griffiths Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 170.
  16. The Navy List. (January, 1904). p. 377.
  17. Griffiths Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 170.
  18. Griffiths Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 170.
  19. The Navy List. (January, 1904). p. 377.
  20. Griffiths Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 170.
  21. Griffiths Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/43. f. 170.