Griggs, Lieutenant Albert
No 68 (Australian) Sqn RFC
Albert Griggs came from Meridian, Mississippi, USA, where he was born on 23 September 1888. He was a Civil Engineer, and a naturalised British subject, when he joined No 2 Sqn AFC in Melbourne as a Second Lieutenant on 6 October 1916, having previously served as a Lieutenant in the 14th Field Engineers. He departed from Melbourne on HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October. On arrival in the UK he received flying instruction at Nos 49 and 82 Reserve Squadrons RFC. His promotion to Lieutenant came in July 1917. In August he was attached to No 24 Sqn RFC, then based at Baizieux, for experience with the DH 5 before returning to No 68 (Australian) Sqn which was forming up at Harlaxton. On 21 September he flew DH 5 A9469 ‘U’ to France when the squadron moved to Baizieux.
He died on 23 November 1917 from wounds received over Bourlon Wood when flying DH 5 A9428 on 22 November during the Battle of Cambrai; he was last seen by Capt Phillips at 1200 feet over the Wood. Initially, he was posted as missing in action, but in May 1918 the International Red Cross advised that the German authorities had reported a crashed DH 5 in the south corner of Bourlon Wood on 23 November, but were unable to identify the aeroplane or its occupant. A Court of Enquiry in July 1918 declared Lt Griggs as having been killed in action.
Lt A Griggs has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial and the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.