Captain Andrew Griffiths
Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment
Captain Andrew Griffiths was wounded in action by an IED whilst leading his soldiers on an operation in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on Tuesday 24 August 2010.
He was given exceptional first aid, which undoubtedly kept him alive long enough to be evacuated by his soldiers and returned to the UK for further treatment. On Sunday 5 September 2010, with his family present, he died of his wounds at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
Some tributes paid to him by those who knew him as an officer in the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment (‘Lions of England’) help to show the man he was:
‘His humility was his trademark when in uniform and the respect from his Lions - particularly his young Kingsmen - was genuinely the most impressive I have seen in a young officer in my twenty-four years in the infantry. He became a lion of a man; courageous, proud of his regiment, fearsome in battle and a friend to his peers. Captain Andy Griffiths was one of our finest Lions. A leader of Lions, a Lion of a man.’ Colonel Robbie Boyd
‘He led from the front, never asking men to do something that he was not prepared to do himself.’ Major Paul Tingey
‘He was an inspiration and a true leader amongst all ranks, he will truly be missed.’ Kingsman Bryan Creighton
Abigail Griffiths, Andrew's sister, said on behalf of his family: "Andrew’s headstone states that he filled our lives with fun, happiness and above all love; truer words have never been written.
"If Andy had survived his injuries, he would have still been much fitter than the rest of the family put together. Throughout his life Andy had always loved sports and keeping his body in peak physical condition, he would have maintained this philosophy after he was wounded and would have lived by his regiment’s motto - Nec Aspera Terrent - meaning,‘difficulties be damned’.
"Andy could never do anything by halves; on his last snowboarding trip he went off piste but was forced to walk to the bottom of the mountain through waist high snow after landing a jump which broke his board clean in half!
"As a family we were honoured to be told that the skiplex at Tedworth House would be named after Andy and he would have loved rebuilding his strength there as all the other heroes are doing now.
"Those who knew Andy well, will know that he loved people and loved life, living it to the full and always on the edge. In his all too short life he packed in more than most do in a lifetime and we take great comfort from that. Once met, Andy was never forgotten, whether he charmed you, or made you cry with laughter, he was the best of men, a ‘Lion of England’ and a ‘born leader’. We shall never forget the good times he gave us and the memories we shared. He will be remembered in our hearts as the best and kindest of men and someone we deeply loved. We will treasure his memory forever, and he will be hugely missed for the joy he brought into our lives.
"He is missed everyday and will never be forgotten."
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