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John Richard Griffin

In memory of:

Flight Sergeant John Richard Griffin

July 13, 1942

Military Service


Service Number:

R/85633

Age:

24

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

7 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Born:

January 23, 1918
Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment:

December 16, 1940
Toronto, Ontario

Son of John Joseph and Bridget Griffin, of Toronto, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 78 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BUXTON CEMETERY
Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Grave 4185.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Memorial Arch– The names of those who died in the Second World War were added to the archway beneath the Soldiers’ Tower in 1949. The name of "FS J. R. J.   GRIFFIN R.C.A.F.” is among the names inscribed. Photo: Cody Gagnon, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Book– University of Toronto Memorial Book, Second World War 1939-1945. Published by the Soldiers’ Tower Committee, 1993. Entry on page 26 reads: F/Sgt John Richard Joseph GRIFFIN, RCAF, 7 Sqn RAF. Former student in St.  Michael’s College, Arts, 1935-36.  Killed in an air operation overseas, 13 July 1942. Buried in the Buxton Cemetery, Derbyshire, England.
  • Memorial Room– Soldiers’ Tower, University of Toronto. Photo: David Pike, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • St. Michael’s College Memorial Intro– Inscriptions in the stone walls of the slype between More and Fisher Houses on the University of Toronto campus commemorate the men of St. Michael’s College (University of Toronto) and St. Michael’s College School  (a private Catholic high school) who died in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean conflict.
  • Detail of St. Michael’s College Memorial– Showing some of the Second World War names including that of John Richard Griffin.
  • St. Michael’s College Memorial– The memorial slype between More and Fisher Houses on the University of Toronto campus commemorates the men of St. Michael’s College (University of Toronto) and St. Michael’s College School  (a private Catholic high school) who died in the First and Second World Wars and the Korean conflict.
  • Soldiers' Tower– The Soldiers’ Tower was built by the University of Toronto Alumni Association in 1924 as a memorial to the Great War of 1914-1918. The names of those who died in that conflict are carved on the Memorial Screen at photo left. After the Second World War, more names were carved in the Memorial Arch at the Tower’s base. In total, almost 1200 names are inscribed.  A Memorial Room inside the Tower contains mementoes and artifacts, and a 51-bell carillon serves as the audio element of the living memorial to the alumni, students, faculty and staff who died in the World Wars. The Soldiers’ Tower is the site of an annual Service of Remembrance. Photo: Kathy Parks, Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant John Richard Griffin is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant John Richard Griffin is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star September 1941. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star September 1941. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star July 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star July 1942. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper Clipping– Memorialized on the pages of the Globe and Mail. Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial Plaque– The memorial at De La Salle College (Oaklands) Toronto to the former students killed in the Second World War
  • Grave Marker– Grave of Flt. Sgt. John Richard Griffin, Buxton Cemetery

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