1. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.124
2. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour28A GQS
3. Memorial:Liverpool Masonic Hall War MemorialCol.2. Hope St.

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Early Life :

Originated from Edeyr, Carnarvon and resident of Nevin, N. Wales (1912), living with his in-laws, being married to Mary (nee Roberts).

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: Not Yet Known 


Action : Naval Campaign 

Naval Campaign is defined as to include all sea operations where attrition rates are in ones and twos and which do not fall within specific naval battles such as Jutland, Coronel, Falklands etc. This includes Merchant Navy losses.

Master Mariner, Liverpool (1912).

Detail :

Commonwealth War Graves shows: GRIFFITH, Master Richard. "Sementha" Mercantile Marine. Drowned, as a result of an attack by an enemy submarine, 14th Oct., 1917. Age 37. Son of William and Eliza Griffith, of Groesffordd, Edeyrn; husband of Mary Griffith of Llysarborth, Nevin.

S.S. Semantha was a British cargo ship owned by Charles A. Batho of London. She was built in 1899 by S. P. Austin & Son Ltd. of Sunderland. Semantha was torpedoed and sunk on the 14th October 1917, whilst some 10 miles off the coast of Crete by German submarine UC-74 whilst on a voyage from Liverpool to-with a cargo of Government stores. Thirty-two lives were lost.

He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial.

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Antient Briton No. 1675 E.C.West Lancashire

25th June 1912
24th June 1913
15th October 1913

The register at the United Grand Lodge of England shows date of death as 17th November 1917, but the CWGC confirms a difference.

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Last Updated: 2018-07-26 11:25:20