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Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Grant, James Herbert

2nd Lieutenant James Herbert Grant MM

was born on 18th April 1888 at 3 Downshire Park or Place, Belfast to James Grant, Clerk and Mary Grant nee Walsh.

In 1901 James was living in house 96, Donegall Pass, Windsor Ward, Belfast with his parents and 7 siblings, Amelia Florence, Mary Rosena, Eliza Eleanor, Frederick William, Arthur Hill, Robert John and Andrew Walter.  An uncle, Robert Grant was also in the house.

James would have joined the Belfast Banking Company around 1906 serving in Drogheda and Lurgan.  His father, James signed the Bankers Indemnity and following his death, Andrew Walter (brother) signed as well.

BBCo Bankers Indemnity Ledger - J H Grant

BBCo, Drogheda branch

BBCo, Lurgan branch

James had a brother, Andrew Walter Grant of Northern Bank, Willowfield, Belfast (also O’Connell Street, Dublin – Manager).  He also features in this publication.

In 1911, James is boarding with the McWatters family in house 2 Drumarg or Downs, Armagh Rural, Co. Armagh.  He is described as a Bank Official.  A possible colleague, Frederick Charles Robinson (Bank Official) is also boarding in this house.

In 1911 the family are still in Donegall Pass.  The parents, 3 daughters, the uncle and 1 servant are present.

On Ulster Day, 28th September 1912, James signed the Ulster Covenant at Armagh giving his address as Malart Villa, Armagh.

James volunteered and enlisted into the 18th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers with Service Number PS/6051.  Promotion via Sergeant lead to him transferring as a 2nd Lieutenant to the 3rd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.

Medal Index Card - J H Grant

James' Medal Index Card records his first theatre of war as France and Flanders from 14th November 1915. 

The London Gazette dated 16th November 917 recorded 6051, Cpl J H Grant, Royal Fusiliers (Hillsborough) as being awarded the Military Medal.

On 25th April 1917 James was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.

1915 Star - Roll - Pte J H Grant

Victory Medal and the British War Medal Roll - Sgt J H Grant

In addition to the Military Medal, James was awarded and applied on 25th November 1922 for the 1915 Star, the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.

Following his demobilisation after the Great War, Grant returned to work.

Retirement came in 1951.  He died on 19th January 1956.

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