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Howard Frank Griffiths

In memory of:

Trooper Howard Frank Griffiths

December 10, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

A/87224

Age:

26

Force:

Army

Unit:

Royal Canadian Dragoons, R.C.A.C.

Division:

1st Armd. Car Regt.

Additional Information


Born:

November 1, 1918
St. Catharines, Ontario

Enlistment:

October 7, 1942
Windsor, Ontario

Son of Howard Franklin Sherrard Griffiths and Ester Florence (Norton) Griffiths. Brother of Helen, Ester, James, Harold, Clifford, May, Margaret, Dorothy and William.

Brother of Stoker Edward Steward Griffiths, who died while serving with the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve.

Commemorated on Page 322 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

1, H, 53.

Location:

GRADARA WAR CEMETERY is situated in the Commune of Gradara in the Province of Pesaro, at a distance of about 1.5 kilometres from the shores of the Adriatic. To reach the GRADARA WAR CEMETERY from Highway A14 (Bologna-Taranto), exit at Cattolica, which is the nearest town and a seaside resort. The Cemetery is on the main road 5 kilometres south west of the town. The cemetery occupies a unique position on a hillside which was terraced for agriculture, each row of graves taking up one terrace. The site for the cemetery was chosen in November 1944 and it contains the graves of casualties incurred during the advance from Ancona to Rimini (which broke the Gothic Line) and in the heavy fighting around Rimini, which was taken by the Allies on 21st September 1944.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– View of the Cross of Sacrifice from the tiered rows of Gradara War Cemetery - May 2013
  • Memorial– Cross of Sacrifice - Gradara War Cemetery - May 2013 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave Markers– Row of markers in the tiered Gradara War Cemetery - May 2013 … Photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave Marker– Gradara War Cemetery - May 2013
  • Memorial– Within the front foyer of St. Paul Street United Church (currently Silver Spire United Church) located at 366 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, ON, are three memorial plaques. One of which bears the names of those of the congregation who gave the greatest gift for their country and fellow man. The names of the two Griffiths brothers, Edward and Howard are commemorated. Respectfully and gratefully submitted by L.C.
  • Memorial– The bronze plaque bears the names of Griffiths brothers Edward and Howard.
  • Memorial– Within the front foyer of St. Paul Street United Church (currently Silver Spire United Church) located at 366 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines, ON, are three memorial plaques. One of which bears the names of those of the congregation who gave the greatest gift for their country and fellow man. The names of the two Griffiths brothers, Edward and Howard are commemorated. Respectfully and gratefully submitted by L.C.
  • Memorial– The names of the two Griffiths brothers, Edward and Howard are commemorated on a plaque at the St. Paul Street United Church, St. Catharines, ON.
  • Memorial– A Memorial to the City of St. Catharines war dead is located on the exterior of their administration building located at 50 Church Street.  The names of the Griffiths brothers, Edward and Howard are inscribed on the plaque.  Respectfully and gratefully submitted by L. Coleman
  • Inscription– A Memorial to the City of St. Catharines war dead is located on the exterior of their administration building located at 50 Church Street.  The names of the Griffiths brothers, Edward and Howard are inscribed on the plaque.  Respectfully and gratefully submitted by L. Coleman
  • Memorial– There are four large plaques located at St. Catharines Collegiate.  The names of former students who served in the armed forces are noted.  Those who paid the ultimate price have a small silver star placed at their name.  Howard Griffiths’ name is listed and bears the silver star.
Remembering you with respect and gratitude Howard for your service to Canada, LC
  • Close up of Memorial

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