Griffiths passed M.A from Cambridge. A large part of his service career was spent in eastern India. Griffiths took the charge of District Magistrate of undivided Medinipur, West Bengal in 1933. He retired from the service in 1937 while deputy commissioner in Darjeeling. Apart from his working knowledge in European languages, he was fluent in Bengali and also knew Hindi, Urdu, Tibetan, Nepalese, and Sanskrit. After retirement he stayed in India and acted as representative for European businesses. He was knighted in 1947 and became adviser to the Indian and Pakistan Tea Association.
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