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.