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Lieutenant Phillip George Griffin

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PERSONAL INFORMATION

Date of birth: 1893-03-18
Place of birth: Newry, County Down, Ireland
Next of kin: Eleanor Sarah Griffin, mother. 49 Garnock Avenue Toronto, Ontario
Marital status: single
Occupation (attested): Clerk
Address: 49 Garnock Avenue Toronto, Ontario
Religion: Church of England
Date of death: 1945-11-17
Buried: Prospect Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario, Sec. 7 Grave 522A

MILITARY INFORMATION

Regimental number: 57
Rank detail
  1. Lieutenant, Canadian Cavalry Brigade, Canadian Cavalry (Army). 1918-07-10 to 1919-05-21
  2. Lieutenant, General Headquarters, Canadian Machine Gun Corps (Army). 1917-04-15 to 1918-07-10.

    Note: Commission confirmed in London Gazette No. 30175, dated July 10, 1917, pg. 6928, with effect from April 15, 1917

  3. Squadron Sergeant-Major, Canadian Cavalry Brigade, Canadian Cavalry (Army). 1916-11-25 to 1917-04-15
  4. Sergeant, Royal Canadian Dragoons, Canadian Cavalry (Army). 1915-02-23 to 1916-11-25
  5. Corporal, Royal Canadian Dragoons, Canadian Cavalry (Army). 1915-01-28 to 1915-02-23
  6. Lance Corporal, Royal Canadian Dragoons, Canadian Cavalry (Army). 1914-11-09 to 1915-01-28
  7. Trooper, Royal Canadian Dragoons, Canadian Cavalry (Army). 1914-09-22 to 1914-11-09
Degree of service: Europe
Survived war: yes
Battle wounded/killed: Accidentally injured December 25, 1916, Wounded October 9, 1918

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March 18, 1893 - November 17, 1945Enlisted in the Royal Canadian Dragoons Militia 1913-14. Joined CEF, Sept. 22, 1914 at Valcartier, Que. Arrived in England Oct.15, 1914. Promoted to Corporal Jan.28, 1915, then to machine gun Sergeant in the Royal Canadian Dragoons Feb. 23, 1915, to Sgt. Major Nov. 25, 1916, field commission to Lieutenant Apr. 15, 1917 in the Canadian Cavalry machine gun corps. Discharged in Toronto Dec.3, 1919. Between the wars he was the Advertising Manager for Imperial Tobacco. He entered World War 2, January 1, 1940 as a Captain. Promoted to Colonel, Griffin was the CO of the 2nd Armoured Regiment, Lord Strathcona’s Horse, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps between Oct.’42 and Jul.’44. As a unit of the 5th Armoured Brigade, they landed at Naples, Italy on December 1, 1943. Philip was awarded the DSO for his part in the Battle of the Melfa River on May 24, 1944.He is one of the very few Canadian officers of Lt.Col. rank or higher who was a veteran of the last war. He was promoted to full Colonel, fall of 1944 and was commander at Camp Borden at the time of his death.
March 18, 1893 - November 17, 1945Enlisted in the Royal Canadian Dragoons Militia 1913-14. Joined CEF, Sept. 22, 1914 at Valcartier, Que. Ar…

RESEARCH INFORMATION

LAC ID: 434177
Attestation record(s): image 1, image 2
Service file: B3832-S017
Uploader's Notes: Son of John Gilmore Griffin and Eleanor Sarah 'Ellen' Griffin (nee Pelan); younger brother of John Pelan Griffin (Service No. 40172) and older brother of Sydney Herbert 'Paddy' Griffin (Service No. 10211) and Victor Ernest Griffin (Service No. 159615); husband of Olive Mary Griffin (nee Lomas) married March 20, 1915Served in the Veterans' Guard of Canada in the Second World War. Promoted to Colonel.
Uploader's Research notes: Son of John Gilmore Griffin and Eleanor Sarah 'Ellen' Griffin (nee Pelan); younger brother of John Pelan Griffin (Service No. 40172) and older brother of Sydney Herbert 'Paddy' Griffin (Service No. 10211) and Victor Ernest Griffin (Service No. 159615); husband of Olive Mary Griffin (nee Lomas) married March 20, 1915Served in the Veterans' Guard of Canada in the Second World War. Promoted to Colonel.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Date added: 2006-11-30
Last modified: 2019-10-02