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Full Name: Eric James Griffiths
Rank Last Held: Gunner
Forename(s): Eric James
Surname: Griffiths
War: Korean War, 1950-1953
Serial No.: 204461
Date of Birth: 2 April 1927
Place of Birth: Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation before Enlistment: Carpenter
Next of Kin: Mr A. J. Griffiths (father), Edward Street, Te Kuiti, New Zealand
Enlistment Address: Te Kuiti, New Zealand
Body on Embarkation: Kayforce
Military Awards: New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM)
Last Unit Served: Royal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment
Place of Death: Korea
Date of Death: 17 February 1953
Age at Death: 25
Year of Death: 1953
Cause of Death: Killed in action
Cemetery Name: United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea
Memorial Name: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo.
Obituary: NZ Herald, 19 February 1953, p. 8.
Biographical Notes:
  • Served with Kayforce 1952-53
  • "... a tragic incident occurred in E Troop when a faulty 213-fuse detonated while being screwed into a shell which was being held between the legs of a gunner. The shell exploded, killing two men, and mortally wounding another. This disaster, which took the lives of Lance-Bombardier Joseph Shortland, and Gunners E. J. Griffiths and P.R. Berry, meant that 17 February 1953 was Kayforce's worst day in terms of fatalities." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, pp. 331-32) Gunner Griffith's sister, Mrs Marion Leeney of Auckland received the New Zealand Operational Service Medal on his behalf from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence at a presentation at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Thursday 27 November 2003
Description of Image:
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo (taken in April 1999).
  • Hall of Memories WW2, Auckland War Memorial Museum, looking East (taken in April 1999)
Further References:
  • Ian McGibbon, New Zealand and the Korean War, Volume II: Combat Operations, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1996, pp. 332, 371, 404.
  • New Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online. URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/korean-war
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