CEF Soldier Detail

Lieutenant Philip George Griffin
Died: November 17, 1945

Regimental Number:
NA
Survived War:
Yes
Force:
British Army
Regiment:
British Infantry
Battalion:
British Infantry
Company:
Place of Birth:
Newry, County Down
Country:
Ireland
Next of Kin:
Eleanor S. Griffin Mother
Address at Enlistment:
49 Garnock Avenue Toronto, Ont. Can.
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:
Not Specified
Battle Died/Wounded:
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:
Not Specified
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 3832 - 17
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Lieutenant British Infantry British Infantry
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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.

Also saw service in WWII. Promoted to Army Colonel.