Victoria and Fred Griffiths
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Attended Stanford Road School
My grandmother, Victoria May Griffiths, lived at 1 Exeter Street, and later at 21 Exeter Street in Preston, Brighton. She was born in 1897, and attended Stanford Road School along with her brother, Frederick Charles Griffiths, who was killed in WW1 and has his name on the school’s war memorial. My parents emigrated to Perth, Western Australia in 1950, and I never met my Grandma until 1985 when she was 87 years old.
Grandma worked for the GPO
She told me how her first job was a dressmaker, and that the job was found for her by the governess of the school. She was paid 1 shilling a week. She worked at that until WW1 when she worked as a letter carrier for the GPO. She said that she got one question wrong in the entrance examination, which meant that she had to work outside. So she delivered the letters rather than working indoors sorting them.
Brother Fred’s death in WWI
My Grandma also told me how she had to tell her brother Fred’s fiance that he had been killed, as her mother was so distressed she could not do it. She also said that the Salvation Army took the mothers to France after the war to see the graves. To think that this tragedy was repeated in millions of families. Our family visited Fred’s grave in Chocques, France in 2012. The war memorial at the school may be nearly 100 years old but some of the names are still remembered.