CEF Soldier Detail

Lieutenant Phillip George Griffin
Died: November 17, 1945

Regimental Number:
57
Survived War:
Yes
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Cavalry
Battalion:
Canadian Cavalry Brigade
Company:
Machine Gun Section
Place of Birth:
Newry, County Down
Country:
Ireland
Next of Kin:
Eleanor Sarah Griffin, mother. 49 Garnock Avenue Toronto, Ontario
Address at Enlistment:
49 Garnock Avenue Toronto, Ontario
Date of Birth:
March 18, 1893
Trade or Calling:
Clerk
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
No
Place of Enlistment:
Valcartier, Quebec
Date of Enlistment:
September 22, 1914
Age at enlistment:
21
Height:
5 Feet 11 Inches
Chest:
36 Inches
Expansion:
2 Inches
Religion:
Church of England
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Survived
Battle Died/Wounded:
Accidentally injured December 25, 1916, Wounded October 9, 1918
Date of Death:
November 17, 1945
Age at Death:
52
Buried at:
Prospect Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario
Plot:
Sec. 7 Grave 522A
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
Research Notes
Royal Canadian Dragoons Nominal Roll
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Lieutenant Canadian Cavalry Canadian Cavalry Brigade Machine Gun Section
Lance-Corporal Canadian Cavalry Royal Canadian Dragoons
Squadron Sergeant-Major Canadian Cavalry Canadian Cavalry Brigade Machine Gun Section
Lieutenant Canadian Machine Gun Corps General Headquarters Machine Gun Section
Sergeant Canadian Cavalry Royal Canadian Dragoons Machine Gun Squadron
Corporal Canadian Cavalry Royal Canadian Dragoons
Trooper Canadian Cavalry Royal Canadian Dragoons
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March 18, 1893 - November 17, 1945

Enlisted 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.

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, 1915

Served in the Veterans' Guard of Canada in the Second World War. Promoted to Colonel.