Note: Phillip enlisted as a trooper in the Royal Canadian Dragoons Militia1913-1914. He Joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force, in Valcartier,Quebec on September 22, 1914. He was 5' 11" tall, his chest girthexpanded was 36", complexion was fair with blue eyes and dark brownhair. Member of the Church of England. On his right fore-arm was atattoo of an eagle and flag, British flag and gun. On his leftfore-arm was a tattoo of a heart and cross, R.I.F.. Arrived EnglandOctober 15, 1914. Promoted to Corporal January 28, 1915. Promoted tomachine gun Sergeant with the Royal Canadian Dragoons on February 23,1915. Arrived Boulogne, France May 4, 1915 and in the field fromOctober 20, 1915. Promoted to Sergeant Major November 25, 1916.Sprained his shoulder playing football and in a field hospitalDecember 27, 1916 to January 2, 1917. He received a field commissionto Lieutenant on April 15, 1917 in the Canadian Cavalry machine guncorps. Wounded in his nose October 9, 1918. Returned to duty October14, 1918. Left France for England on April 16, 1919 and sailed forCanada from Liverpool May 21, 1919 and arrived in Halifax May 28,1919. Discharged in Toronto December 3, 1919. After the war he servedwith the Lord Strathcona's until leaving military service. He enteredWorld War 2 January 1, 1940 as a Captain and was a staff officer atOttawa. He was given command of a squadron of the Lord Strathcona'swith the rank of Major. He succeeded to the command of the unit inEngland and took it to Sicily and Italy as a LCol. Colonel Griffin wasthe Commanding Officer of the 2nd Armoured Regiment, Lord Strathcona'sHorse, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps between October 1942 and July1944. He died on Saturday November 17, 1945. He had a full militaryfuneral on Tuesday November 20, 1945. He is Commemorated on Page 520of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. As a unit of the 5thArmoured Brigade, 5th Armoured Division, they landed at Naples, Italyon December 1, 1943. Phillip was awarded the Distinguished ServiceOrder for his part in the Battle of the Melfa River (Liri Valley) onMay 24, 1944. LCol. Griffin's battle cry "Push On" was familiar toevery man in the regiment by the end of the day. Philip was wounded inItaly and his health was poor due to recurrent internal hemorrhages,but he insisted on remaining with his unit. Subsequently this causedhis death. An article in the Star July 27, 1944, said that Philip "isreported to be the only Canadian officer commanding a unit in actionwho wears the 1914-15 ribbon which marks him as one of the last war'soriginals. He is one of the very few Canadian officers of LCol. rankor higher who is a veteran of the last war." In the fall of 1944 hewas promoted to the rank of full Colonel and returned to Canada andwas acting Corps commander at Camp Borden, Ontario at the time of hisdeath. Awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War and Victory Medal's forWW1 service.
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