When John Harold Griffin was born on December 28, 1885 in Kingston Seymour, Somerset, England, his father John Griffin (1860-1937) was 25 and his mother, Sarah Jane (née Goodland) (1857-1931) was 28. He was the eldest child of six, and he was born within nine months of his parent’s marriage on March 24, 1884.
John lived with his parents until at least 1901 and appears on the 1901 census in their home.
Specific records after this time are difficult to find, but an electoral record indicates that by 1911, he was living in Wairau, Malborough, New Zealand.
A 1911 electoral roll from Wairau, New Zealand, has John Harold listed as a horse driver.
A review of his military record indicates John Harold enlisted with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force on November 16, 1915. The record indicates that John Harold was a horse driver during WWI.
The specifics of his marriage are unknown, but John Harold married Dorothy Wilkes in 1920.
When Dorothy was born on October 26, 1895, in Manchester, Lancashire, England, her parents Edward Fleming Wilkes and Ada (née Greenhalgh) were 28. Dorothy was baptized on November 30, 1895, at the Cathedral and Collegiate Church of St. Mary, St. Denys and St. George (now known as Manchester Cathedral).
The couple had three children during their marriage, all born in Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand:
- Charles Owen Griffin (1922-2018) (named for his uncle, Charles Owen Griffin who died four years before his birth) m. Jocelyn Winnifred Francis (1931-2014)
- Dorothy Elizabeth Griffin (1922-2006) (named for her mother) m. George Dunphy (1924-1983)
- Joan May Griffin (1923-1974)
John Harold died on May 14, 1943, in Masterton, Wellington, New Zealand, at the age of 57.
Dorothy died just short of her 79th birthday on October 5, 1974, in Paraparaumu, Wellington, New Zealand. The couple are buried in the Archer Street Cemetery in Masterton, New Zealand.