Richardson kindly sent this family tree to me and has given me permission
to post it on my site. One of these days, I will find out how these
GRIFFINs connect with the Frederick GRIFFIN who married Mary JACKSON.
Given the frequency of GRIFFIN letters, news clippings and photos
in the family albums of JACKSON descendents, I am assuming there
was a close connection. All I need to find is one missing link.
UPDATE: July 7, 2016. The missing links have been found. SEE: GRIFFINs of Newry. Thanks to the considerable help that I have received over the years from John GRIFFIN, Victor GRIFFIN & Walter RICHARDSON as well as from Ros DAVIES on her Ros Davies Web site. I could have acheived this without them.
of Philip George Griffin
PHILIP GEORGE1 GRIFFIN was born Unknown in Ireland, and died
of PHILIP GEORGE GRIFFIN is:
i. JOHN GILMORE2 GRIFFIN, b. Unknown, Castleblaney, County
Monaghan, Ireland?; d. Bef. 1912, Ireland
JOHN GILMORE2 GRIFFIN (PHILIP GEORGE1)
was born Unknown in Castleblaney, County Monaghan, Ireland?, and died
Bef. 1912 in Ireland. He married ELEANOR SARAH PELAN April 16, 1888 in
The Methodist Church, City of Londonderry, Ireland, daughter of JOHN PELAN
and ELEANOR HAZELTON. She was born December 1863 in Lurgan, Shankill
Parish, County Armagh, Ireland, and died February 16, 1955 in Queen Elizabeth
Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Occupation: Grocer and Salesman for
for JOHN GILMORE GRIFFIN:
Family tradition has
it that the Griffin family were Welsh who accompanied Cromwell to Ireland.
About ELEANOR SARAH PELAN:
January 13, 1864, Lurgan Church of Ireland, Shankill Parish, County Armagh,
Burial: February 18,
1955, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, Ontario,
Canada Section 31, Lot 331.
Emigration: 1912, Left
Newry, County Down to Canada with her 6 son's.
1914, 49 Garnock Ave., September 15, 1916 in Laurel Apartments, 104 Kippendavie
Ave., and by August 1919 it was 120 Wheeler Ave., Ken Beach. In 1945 48
Columbine Ave.. All Toronto, Canada
About JOHN GRIFFIN and ELEANOR PELAN:
Marriage: April 16,
1888, The Methodist Church, City of Londonderry, Ireland
Witnesses: April 16,
1888, Mary Elizabeth Pelan and Hugh ?
of JOHN GRIFFIN and ELEANOR PELAN are:
i. FREDERICK SAMUEL GILMORE3 GRIFFIN, b. March 05,
1889, Newry, County Down, Ireland; d. January 15, 1946, At home, 231 Glengrove
Ave., W. Toronto, Ontario, Canada; m. LUELLA FLOOD, 1922, Toronto, Canada;
b. Unknown; d. Unknown.
for FREDERICK SAMUEL GILMORE GRIFFIN:
as a cub reporter, Frederick ultimately became a feature writer for both
The Toronto Daily Star and the Toronto Star Weekly. He was a reporter
for 30 years. As their War Correstondent he was overseas for five years
covering nearly every phase of Canada's fighting forces, including Dunkirk,
Dieppe, Sicily, Italy, D-Day and Northwest Europe. He is a member of Canadian
Newsreporters Hall of Fame, inducted in 1977 and was the author of two
books, "Soviet Scene" and "Variety Show". Before coming
to Canada in 1912 he had been a junior master in a boy's grammer school
in Ireland. First job in Canada was in Eaton's basement, of a large department
About FREDERICK SAMUEL GILMORE GRIFFIN:
January 18, 1946, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto,
Ontario, Canada Cause
of Death: Heart Attack after shoveling snow from his driveway.
writer for The Star, Toronto newspaper.
About FREDERICK GRIFFIN and LUELLA FLOOD:
Marriage: 1922, Toronto,
ii. JOHN PELAN GRIFFIN, b. March 25, 1891, Castleblaney, County
Monaghan, Ireland; d. November 27, 1970, Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto,
Ontario, Canada; m. ETHEL ADELLA GOVIER, June 1927, Toronto, Ontario,
Canada; b. Unknown, Canada; d. November 16, 1981, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
for JOHN PELAN GRIFFIN:
John enlisted in the
1st. Brigade, 1st. Battery as a driver in the field artillery, Canadian
Expenitionary Force in Valcartier, Quebec on September 22, 1914. His Regimental
number was 40172. He belonged to the active militia and had 3 years prior
service as a member of the North of Ireland Imperial Yeomanry (North Irish
Horse) and 3 years in The Governor Generals Body Guard, Toronto, Canada.
He was 5' 7" tall, His chest girth expanded was 35", complexion
was dark, grey eyes and black hair. Member of the Church of England. His
left arm had a horse's head and crossed flags tattoo and a tattoo of a
flag and rifle on his right arm. Sailed from Quebec to England on the
SS Manitoba on October 3 or 4, 1914. Embarked from Avonmouth England for
France on February 8, 1915. Appointment in the field to be acting Bombadier
on June 24, 1915. Promoted to Corporal February 22, 1916 and to Sergeant
August 1, 1916. John's military will of July 13, 1916 gave $100 to his
friend Miss Docidle (sp?) Robinson of Ravenhill Park, Belfast, Ireland
and the rest of his property to his mother. Wounded by a musturd gas shell,
which damaged his eyes and blistered his skin on August 21, 1917 at Loos
and transfered to #7 General Hospital in Saint Omer, France. A cable was
sent home on August 30 saying that he was wounded and another on September
17 that he was doing well. Transfered to Bevan Military Hospital in Sandgate,
Kent, England and the Military Hospital, Shorncliffe on September 4, 1917.
To the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Monks Horton, Kent on October
7, 1917. Discharged from hospital December 13, 1917 and transfered to
Wiltey. To Bramshott on March 22, 1918 and back to Wiltey on April 4,
1918. Posted to Rhyl January 23, 1919 and left Rhyl for Canada February
15, 1919 on the HMT Canada. Arrived in Halifax on February 23, 1919. His
prior to discharge exam said he had Scarlet Fever as a child, hammer toes
and a broken nose (Abt. 1903) before entering the Army. From being gassed
he had a partial loss of function of eyes and artificial light hurts them
and reading was not advisable. Discharged in Toronto for medical problems
(Chronic Conjunctivitis) from being gassed, on March 17, 1919. Awarded
the 1914-15 star, British War and Victory Medals.
About JOHN PELAN GRIFFIN:
November 30, 1970, St. Johns Cemetery Norway, 256 Kingston Road, Toronto,
Military service: Bet.
September 22, 1914 - March 17, 1919, WW 1, Army
Nickname: Jack, Paddy
Occupation: 1914, Clerk,
after WW 1 he was a Frontiersman (Uniformed armed security guard).
for ETHEL ADELLA GOVIER:
her obit it list grandchildren as Byron, Christine, Patricia (Moore),
Mary (Ya?), Elizabeth, David and John. Great grandchildren Amy and Christopher.
Except for Byron I have not been able to place them with the correct parents.
About ETHEL ADELLA GOVIER:
November 18, 1981, St. Johns Cemetery Norway, 256 Kingston Road, Toronto,
About JOHN GRIFFIN and ETHEL GOVIER:
Marriage: June 1927,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
iii. PHILIP GEORGE GRIFFIN, b. March 18, 1893, Newry, County
Down, Ireland; d. November 17, 1945, Christie Street Military Hospital,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada; m. (1) OLIVE MARY LOMAS, March 20, 1915, Newport,
Wales; b.1892 In Sitapur, India (SOURCE LDS Church); d. Unknown; m. (2)
FLORENCE MARIE ATKINSON, July 04, 1936, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada;
b. October 26, 1909, Claresholm, Alberta, Canada; d. August 14, 1981,
Pefferlaw, Ontario, Canada.
for PHILIP GEORGE GRIFFIN:
Phillip enlisted as
a trooper in the Royal Canadian Dragoons Militia 1913-1914. He Joined
the Canadian Expenitionary Force, in Valcartier, Quebec on September 22,
1914. He was 5' 11" tall, his chest girth expanded was 36",
complexion was fair with blue eyes and dark brown hair. Member of the
Church of England. On his right fore-arm was a tattoo of an eagle and
flag, British flag and gun. On his left fore-arm was a tattoo of a heart
and cross, R.I.F.. Arrived England October 15, 1914. Promoted to Corporal
January 28, 1915. Promoted to machine gun Sergeant with the Royal Canadian
Dragoons on February 23, 1915. Arrived Boulogne, France May 4, 1915 and
in the field from October 20, 1915. Promoted to Sergeant Major November
25, 1916. Sprained his shoulder playing football and in a field hospital
December 27, 1916 to January 2, 1917. He received a field commission to
Lieutenant on April 15, 1917 in the Canadian Cavalry machine gun corps.
Wounded in his nose October 9, 1918. Returned to duty October 14, 1918.
Left France for England on April 16, 1919 and sailed for Canada from Liverpool
May 21, 1919 and arrived in Halifax May 28, 1919. Discharged in Toronto
December 3, 1919. After the war he served with the Lord Strathcona's until
leaving military service. He entered World War 2 January 1, 1940 as a
Captain and was a staff officer at Ottawa. He was given command of a squadron
of the Lord Strathcona's with the rank of Major. He succeeded to the command
of the unit in England and took it to Sicily and Italy as a LCol. Colonel
Griffin was the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Armoured Regiment, Lord
Strathcona's Horse, Royal Canadian Armoured Corps between October 1942
and July 1944. He died on Saturday November 17, 1945. He had a full military
funeral on Tuesday November 20, 1945. He is Commemorated on Page 520 of
the Second World War Book of Remembrance. As a unit of the 5th Armoured
Brigade, 5th Armoured Division, they landed at Naples, Italy on December
1, 1943. Phillip was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his part
in the Battle of the Melfa River (Liri Valley) on May 24, 1944. LCol.
Griffin's battle cry "Push On" was familiar to every man in
the regiment by the end of the day. Philip was wounded in Italy and his
health was poor due to recurrent internal hemorrhages, but he insisted
on remaining with his unit. Subsequently this caused his death. An article
in the Star July 27, 1944, said that Philip "is reported to be the
only Canadian officer commanding a unit in action who wears the 1914-15
ribbon which marks him as one of the last war's originals. He is one of
the very few Canadian officers of LCol. rank or higher who is a veteran
of the last war." In the fall of 1944 he was promoted to the rank
of full Colonel and returned to Canada and was acting Corps commander
at Camp Borden at the time of his death. Awarded the 1914-15 Star, British
War and Victory Medal's for WW1 service.
About PHILIP GEORGE GRIFFIN:
Burial: November 20,
1945, Prospect Cemetery Veteran's Plot, 1450 St. Clair Ave. West, Toronto,
Ontario, Canada Plot Sec. 7, Grave 522.
Military service: WW1
and WW2, Army Colonel
Occupation: 1914, Clerk,
between the war's Advertising Manager for Imperial Tobacco Company (Players
About OLIVE MARY LOMAS:
Residence: 1917, 67 Marlboro Road, Newport, Wales. According to the 1901
UK census index she was in Newport, Wales in 1901 and she was born in
India. Her parents were David and Charlotte. It may be that her father
was a civil servant in India. His name does not come up in pubications
on The Imperial Bank of Persia or HSBC.
About PHILIP GRIFFIN and OLIVE LOMAS:
Marriage: March 20,
1915, Newport, Wales
for FLORENCE MARIE ATKINSON:
Some time after Philip's
death, Florence and their son Peter moved to one of the West Indian Islands.
It's unknown at what date they came back to Canada.
About FLORENCE MARIE ATKINSON:
Residence: 1945, 465
Avenue Road, Toronto, Canada
About PHILIP GRIFFIN and FLORENCE ATKINSON:
Marriage: July 04, 1936,
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
iv. SYDNEY HERBERT GRIFFIN, b. April 11, 1895, Newry, County
Down, Ireland; d. April 15, 1941, St. Anne de Bellevue Military Hospital,
Quebec, Canada; m. ETHEL GREENE, April 1919, Dungannon, County Tyrone,
Ireland; b. February 19, 1892, Ireland; d. February 18, 1963, Queen Elizabeth
Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
for SYDNEY HERBERT GRIFFIN:
Sydney enlisted as a
private #10211 in the machine gun detachment of the 3rd Battalion 1st
Brigade, Canadian Expeditionary Force on September 22, 1914 in Valcartier,
Quebec. He was 5' 9.5" tall, chest girth expanded was 35", complexion
and hair were fair and he had grey eyes. Went overseas October 3, 1914.
He received his Corporal stripes on Salisbury Plain, England. Arrived
in Nazaire, France February 11, 1915. His mother received a cable from
now corporal Sydney in May 1915 saying that he was safe. He was made a
Sergeant at Rouen, May 23, 1915. Battle of Festubert 15-27 May, 1915.
In January 1916 attended training school in France and was made a Lieutenant
in the 3rd Battalion on January 16, 1916 and was attached to the machine
gun company of the 1st Brigade in February. Just before Zillebeke, Flanders
he received a transfer as a machine gun officer in the 4th Central Ontario
Battalion, Infantry. He was wounded by shrapnel, which caused multiple
wounds and burns to his hand on July 10, 1916 at Zillebeke. Returned to
duty July 13, 1916. Promoted to Captain on December 9, 1916 after the
Battle of Ypres. Had a attack of appendicitis on December 6, 1916 while
in the trenches at Vimy Ridge. Admitted to 20th General Hospital at Etaples
on December 17, 1916 and transfered to County of London War Hospital,
Epson on December 22, 1916 and was operated on December 28. Major in 1917.Wounded
a second time, in his right hand, August 18, 1917 (3rd Battle of Ypres?).
Treated in the 7th General Hospital in Saint Omer. He was awarded the
Military Cross and was Mentioned in Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig's Despatches
of April 7, 1918 for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When
the attack was pinned down by enemy machine gun fire, he organized a platoon
from headquarters personnel armed with 3 Lewis machine guns. By quick
rushes he and 2 men got up one of the Lewis guns, which he mounted and
fired himself, silencing the enemy fire and enabling the Battalion to
move forward to its objective. The commanding officer, having become a
casualty he carried out the work of consolidation. His coolness and energy
inspired all ranks. Transfered to Aldershott, England for senior officer
course on January 6, 1919. August 3, 1919, left Liverpool, England on
the SS Metagama and arrived in Quebec August 14, 1919. Sydney returned
home with his bride after an absence of almost 5 years. He was discharged
August 15, 1919 and was 5' 11" and 130 lbs.. Sydney was an Army Major
in the Veterans Guard of Canada in WW2 and died on active service on April
15, 1941 while commanding an internment camp in Quebec. He is Commemorated
on Page 31 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. He was also awarded
the 1914-15 Star and the British War and Victory Medal's.
About SYDNEY HERBERT GRIFFIN:
Burial: April 17, 1941,
With a full military funeral at Montreal (Mount Royal) Cemetery, 1297
Ch de la Foret, Outremont, Quebec, Canada Sec. G.943, Grave 312 (Military
Military service: WW1
and WW2, Army Major
Occupation: 1914, Clerk
in the T. Eaton Company
Residence: 1941, 4443
Old Orchard Ave., Montreal, Quebec, Canada
About ETHEL GREENE:
Montreal (Mount Royal) Cemetery, 1297 Ch de la Foret, Outremont, Quebec,
Canada Section Mount Murray 70-F.
Residence: 1963, 4443
Old Orchard Ave., Montreal, Quebec, Canada
About SYDNEY GRIFFIN and ETHEL GREENE:
Marriage: April 1919,
Dungannon, County Tyrone, Ireland
v. VICTOR ERNEST GRIFFIN, b. March 16, 1897, Newry, County
Down, Ireland; d. September 15, 1916, Killed at the Somme in World War
for VICTOR ERNEST GRIFFIN:
Victor enlisted November
16, 1915 at the recruiting depot in Toronto, Canada. He was 5' 11.25"
tall, Chest expanded was 34.5", Weight-134 lbs., Complexion and Hair
was fair and he had dark blue Eyes. Member of the Church of England. Had
a mole on right hip, thigh, buttock and left upper lip. He had a scald
on his right forearm. Became a member of the 81st. Battalion on November
26, 1915. Unit sailed from Halifax on the S.S. Olympic on April 28, 1916.
Transferred to the 18th. Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force in France
on June 29, 1916. Proceeded to join unit in the field on July 12, 1916.
Joined the Canadian Infantry, Western Ontario Regiment, 18th. Battalion,
2nd Division on July 21, 1916. He served for awhile near Ypres moving
to the Somme River region at the beginning of September 1916. The Canadians
launched the offensive to take the village of Courcellette and Regina
Trench, on September 15th, 1916 at dawn with the help of tanks behind
a creeping barrage. The 2nd Division deployed between the villages of
Courcellette and Flers as part of an effort to take not to distant Pozieres
Ridge. Units engaged in hand-to-hand bayonet fighting. He was reported
missing on September 23, 1916. Victor was Killed In Action in the field
on Friday, September 15, 1916 and was buried in the communication trench
on September 20, 1916 (Sheet Albert, France). The advance against Courcellette
and Regina Trench cost 24,000 casualties for the four Canadian Divisions.
He received the British War and Victory Medals. Commemorated on Page 95
of the First World War Book of Remembrance.
About VICTOR ERNEST GRIFFIN:
Burial: September 20,
1916, Vimy Memorial Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Military service: Bet.
November 16, 1915 - September 15, 1916, Private, Service Number 159615,
Army, Canadian Infantry, Western Ontario Regiment, 18th Bn..
Occupation: 1915, Bank
Clerk in the Market Branch of the Standard Bank.
Residence: 1915, 49
Garnock Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
vi. GERALD WALTER GRIFFIN, b. Abt. 1900, Newry, County Down,
Ireland; d. Unknown, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; m. JEAN MARGARET DAVIDSON,
Abt. 1929, Canada; b. 1902; d. May 19, 1992, Canada.
for GERALD WALTER GRIFFIN:
Gerald lived for some
time in St John, N.B..
About JEAN MARGARET DAVIDSON:
About GERALD GRIFFIN and JEAN DAVIDSON:
Marriage: Abt. 1929,