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  • ID: I3803
  • Name: Victor Ernest GRIFFIN
  • Given Name: Victor Ernest
  • Surname: Griffin
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 16 Mar 1897 in Newry, County Down, Ireland
  • Death: 13 Sep 1916 in Killed At The Somme In World War 1
  • Burial: 20 Sep 1916 Vimy Memorial Cemetery, Pas DE Calais, France
  • Event: Military Bet 16 Nov 1915 and 15 Sep 1916
  • Note: Ontario Regiment, 18th Bn..
  • Occupation: Bank Clerk in the Market Branch of the Standard Bank. 1915
  • Residence: 1915 49 Garnock Ave., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • _UID: 7D6C2A17997D4B42BE476879FE595B51B61E
  • Change Date: 21 Jun 2015 at 14:32
  • Note: Victor enlisted November 16, 1915 at the recruiting depot i n Toronto,Canada. He was 5' 11.25" tall, Chest expanded wa s 34.5", Weight-134lbs., Complexion and Hair was fair and h e had dark blue Eyes. Memberof the Church of England. Ha d a mole on right hip, thigh, buttock andleft upper lip. H e had a scald on his right forearm. Became a memberof the 8 1st. Battalion on November 26, 1915. Unit sailed from Halif axon the S.S. Olympic on April 28, 1916. Transferred to th e 18th.Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force in France o n June 29, 1916.Proceeded to join unit in the field on Jul y 12, 1916. Joined theCanadian Infantry, Western Ontario Re giment, 18th. Battalion, 2ndDivision on July 21, 1916. He s erved for awhile near Ypres moving tothe Somme River regio n at the beginning of September 1916. TheCanadians launche d the offensive to take the village of Courcelletteand Regi na Trench, on September 15th, 1916 at dawn with the help of tanks behind a creeping barrage. The 2nd Division deploye d between thevillages of Courcellette and Flers as part o f an effort to take not todistant Pozieres Ridge. Units eng aged in hand-to-hand bayonetfighting. He was reported missi ng on September 23, 1916. Victor wasKilled In Action in th e field on Friday, September 13, 1916 ( He mayhave been kil led by a mine explosion) and was buried in thecommunicatio n trench on September 20, 1916 (Sheet Albert, France). Thea dvance against Courcellette and Regina Trench cost 24,000 c asualtiesfor the four Canadian Divisions. He received the B ritish War andVictory Medals. Commemorated on Page 95 of th e First World War Book ofRemembrance and memorialized on th e Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais,France.

    Father: John Gilmore GRIFFIN b: 23 Oct 1858 in Corrinary, County Monaghan or Liscalgot, Creggan Parish, Co. Armagh c: in Creggan
    Mother: Eleanor Sarah PELAN b: Dec 1863 in Lurgen
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