Eric James Griffiths 2 April 1927 - 17 February 1953 Key details Contribute › Service number204461 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeGunner AWMMRoyal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM WarKorean War, 1950-1953 AWMM Report Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malay … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesEric James AWMM SurnameGriffiths AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number204461 AWMM Gender Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Report Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth2 April 1927 AWMM Place of birthAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesAucklandNew Zealand AWMM Report Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentCarpenter AWMM Post war occupation Report Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentUnknown AWMMTe KuitiNew Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMr A. J. Griffiths (father)Edward StreetTe KuitiNew Zealand AWMM Relationship status Report Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarKorean War, 1950-1953 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number204461 AWMM Military units Military service Report Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsNew Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM Report Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training Enlistment Age on enlistment Report Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation details Embarkation body Report Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Report Medical history Contribute › Medical notesKilled in ActionCause of Death AWMM Report Last known rank Contribute › Last rankGunner AWMMRoyal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM Report Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › 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 AWMM Read more Report Death About death Contribute › Age at death25 AWMM Date of death17 February 1953 AWMM Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Place of deathKorea AWMM Death notesKorea AWMM Report Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameUnited Nations CemeteryPusanKorea AWMM Grave reference Report Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameAuckland War Memorial MuseumHall of Memories. KoreaMalaya-Borneo. AWMM Memorial reference ObituaryNZ Herald, 19 February 1953, p. 8. AWMM Report Roll of Honour Remember Eric James Griffiths by laying a poppy. Edward Albert Griffiths Eleazar Griffiths Eric James Griffiths Eric John Griffiths Eric Neville Griffiths Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Eric James Griffiths Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksNew Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online.http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/korean-warFurther Reference DocumentsMcGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). New Zealand and the Korean War (Vols. 1-2). Auckland, N.Z.; Wellington, N.Z.: Oxford University Press in association with the Historical Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs. AWMMIan McGibbon, New Zealand and the Korean War, Volume II: Combat Operations, Oxford University Press, Auckland, 1996, pp. 332, 371, 404. AWMMThe New Zealand Herald AWMMNZ Herald, 19 February 1953, p. 8. AWMM Report Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.