Name: John Pelan GRIFFIN
Given Name: John Pelan
Birth: 25 Mar 1891 in Castleblaney, County Monaghan, Ireland
Death: 27 Nov 1970 in Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Burial: 30 Nov 1970 St. Johns Norway, Cemetery, 256 Kingston Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Emigration: 21 Jul 1911 Left Belfast With His Brother Sydney And Sailed From Liverpool On The S.S. Lake Champlain Arriving In Toronto 1 August, 1911.
Military Bet 22 Sep 1914 and 17 Mar 1919
Occupation: Clerk, 1919, in the drapery business. In 1951 he joined the Canadian 1914
Note: Corps of Commissionaires (Uniformed armed security guard).
Nickname Jack, Paddy
Change Date: 21 Jun 2015 at 14:32
John enlisted in the 1st. Brigade, 1st. Battery as a drive r in thefield artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force in Va lcartier, Quebec onSeptember 22, 1914. His Regimental numbe r was 40172. He belonged tothe active militia and had 3 yea rs prior service as a member of theNorth of Ireland Imperia l Yeomanry (North Irish Horse) and 3 years inThe Governor G enerals Body Guard, Toronto, Canada. He was 5' 7" tall,Hi s chest girth expanded was 35", complexion was dark, grey e yes andblack hair. Member of the Church of England. His lef t arm had ahorse's head and crossed flags tattoo and a tatt oo of a flag and rifleon his right arm. Sailed from Quebe c to England on the SS Saxonia onSeptember 30, 1914. Embark ed from Avonmouth England for France onFebruary 10, 1915. A ppointment in the field to be acting Bombadier onJune 24, 1 915. Promoted to Corporal February 22, 1916 and to Sergeant August 1, 1916. John's military will of July 13, 1916 gav e $100 to hisfriend Miss Docidle (sp?) Robinson of Ravenhil l Park, Belfast, Irelandand the rest of his property to hi s mother. Wounded by a mustard gasshell, which damaged hi s eyes and blistered his skin on August 17,1917 at Loos an d transfered to #7 General Hospital in Saint Omer,France . A cable was sent home on August 30 saying that he was wou ndedand another on September 17 that he was doing well. Tra nsfered toBevan Military Hospital in Sandgate, Kent, Englan d and the MilitaryHospital, Shorncliffe on September 4, 191 7. To the CanadianConvalescent Hospital in Monks Horton, Ke nt on October 7, 1917.Discharged from hospital December 13 , 1917 and transfered to Wiltey.To Bramshott on March 22, 1 918 and back to Wiltey on April 4, 1918.Posted to Rhyl Janu ary 23, 1919 and left Rhyl for Canada February 15,1919 on t he HMT Canada. Arrived in Halifax on February 23, 1919. His prior to discharge exam said he had Scarlet Fever as a chil d, hammertoes and a broken nose (Abt. 1903) before enterin g the Army. Frombeing gassed he had a partial loss of funct ion of eyes and artificiallight hurts them and reading wa s not advisable. Discharged in Torontofor medical problem s (Chronic Conjunctivitis) from being gassed, onMarch 17, 1 919. Awarded the 1914-15 star, British War and VictoryMedal s.
Bio and timeline from Vic Griffin
John Pelan Griffin 1891- 1970
1909 - 1911 - Member of the North Irish Horse.
July 21,1911 - Left Belfast with Sydney and sailed from Liv erpool onthe S.S. Lake Champlain arriving in Toronto on Aug ust 1.
August 3, 1911 - Started working for the T. Eaton Co. in th e mailorder department.
March 1912 - Was transferred to the Drapery Department wher e he stayeduntil August 1914.
August 4, 1914 - Britain declared war on Germany.
August 1914 - He enlisted with the Princess Pats, after giv ing up theThird Battalion where he was a sergeant in the Go vernor General's BodyGuard.
August 13, 1914 - Arrived in Ottawa at eight o'clock in th e morningand marched to the Exhibition Grounds where he spe nt a week with theP.P.C.L.I.
August 20, 1914 - Transferred to the 1st Battery, Canadia n FieldArtillery, which was moved to the Salisbury Plains i n October of 1914.
September 22, 1914 - Attestation papers completed at Valcar tier,Quebec.
September 30, 1914 - CEF sailed for England. He was aboar d theSaxonia, one of close to 40 vessels in the fleet
February 10, 1915 - 1st Battery, 1st Brigade, 1st Divisio n was landedin France and engaged in the fighting until h e was badly gassed onAugust 17, 1917.
March 17,1919 - He was discharged from the service and retu rned toToronto, Canada.
March 31, 1919 - He returned to the Drapery Dept. of the T . Eaton Co.
March 1920 - He started working for the Murray-Kay Co. Ltd . This firmwas dissolved in 1924.
February 1924 - He started with Daly & Morin and was ther e untilAugust of 1937 when he was sent to Christie Street H ospital, for ninemonths, with a severe case of pleurisy. H e returned to work with Daly& Morin until November, when Mr . Daly thought he had an invalid on hishands and gave him t wo weeks notice. He worked at John Inglis onStrachan Ave i n 1943 and John Woods on Coxwell Ave, Toronto, alsoduring w artime, making shells and munitions for shipping overseas.D uring this period he went into the drapery business for him self parttime and eventually full time up until 1951 when h e joined the Corpsof Commissionaires. In 1953 he had an OP P permit to carry a revolverwhenever he was assigned to Bri nk's Express. Over the years he workedin the evenings at th e Horse Show as part of the Winter Fair. He waspart of th e crew who set up the jumps and replaced fallen rails.
Jack or Paddy was a member of the North Irish Horse from 19 09 - 1911.He joined the Orange Order in 1912 and served a s a Master from 1924 -1925. He joined the Masonic Order i n 1944 and became a Life Member. Hewas a member of the Gove rnor General's Body Guard, later to become theHorse Guard . He joined the 1st Battery, 1st Brigade, 1st Division ofth e C.F.A., serving in England, France and Belgium. Upon retu rning toCanada he rejoined the GGBG for a period of 15 year s (1919 - 1934). Hewas a Life Member of the Originals Club.
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
Ethel Adella GOVIER b: 24 Oct 1890 in On The Base Line, Hullett Township, Huron County, Ontario, Canada
25 Jun 1927
in St. James Square United Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Change Date:
22 Mar 2016
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