R. D. GRIFFIN
Robert Donald Griffin was born in Southampton in 1960 to Pamela and Don Griffin who had three more children: Mandy born 1962, Joanne born 1964, and Lee born 1971. Don, the father, served in the Royal Navy and was involved in the Korean war at the age of only sixteen.
Robert attended King Edward school in Sheffield and it was during this time he became an enthusiastic member of the Sea Cadets serving as a Drum Major. He attended the Indefatigable Anglesea, again attaining the position of Drum Major.
He applied to join the Royal Marines, working only a short time before being called up for training. Robert successfully completed training at Lympstone and the whole family proudly attended his passing out parade.
Robert made many friends in the Marines many of whom still keep in touch with the family. He served in various countries including Norway and Northern Ireland and was returning home from the West Indies when he was told his unit would be going to the Falklands.
Robert served aboard HMS Fearless and was ferrying troops ashore on landing craft Foxtrot Four on June 8th when it was attacked by an Argentine aircraft. A bomb struck Foxtrot Four killing Robert and five colleagues and wounding other members of the crew. The landing craft was taken in tow but sank before reaching shore.
Robert is therefore buried at sea.