Lilian Griffin

Funeral procession of Mrs. Harley (Sister of Lord French) who was killed by a shell at Monastir, Salonika, March 1917. © IWM (Q 32782)

One of those commemorated on the CWGC Doiran Memorial is Nursing Sister Lilian Griffin.

Lilian joined the Territorial Force Nursing Services shortly after the outbreak of the First World War, and served in the 3rd Western General Hospital, Cardiff.

On 6 June 1916, she volunteered for overseas service. Her evaluation found her to be:

'A very good nurse, steady and dependable and fit for service in hot climates.'

On 1 July 1916, she set sail from Southampton aboard the Hospital Ship Gascon, and arrived in Malta a week later. From Malta, she then went on to Salonika.

Lilian was attached to the 36th General Hospital at Vertekop, which was supporting the Serbian Army.

Records show that Lilian Griffin died aboard the Canadian Hospital Ship HMHS Llandovery Castle on 5 September 1916, and was buried at sea.

The cause of death was reported as 'Bomb Shock'.