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Grant, W.H., Sgt., 1916

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On the Thiepval Memorial is the name of 20/791 Serjeant William Henry Grant, serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers who died 01/07/1916.

His granddaughter, Dorothy Lodge, has submitted the following:

Photo 1 is my Grandfather, Sergeant William Henry Grant, No 20/791 of the 20th Northumberland Fusiliers, taken at Alnwick where they did their training. He was killed on the 1st July 1916, Battle of the Somme.

Before enrolling he worked at Smiths Docks as a joiner at the Bull Ring, North Shields. He lived at 3 Tennyson Terrace with his wife Annie and he left 6 children.

He married Annie Steel 16th April 1906.

Photo 2 His wife Annie Grant in the middle with 4 of his 6 children Their names were William Henry, Anna Pringle, Dorothy Ann, Winifred, Robert, and Henry. All of them have now passed away, but lots of Grandchildren and great grand children are left to carry on the name.

Photo 3 This is the Thiepval Memorial where his name is inscribed with myself, Dorothy Lodge, and Sylvia Graham, two of his grandchildren pointing to his name which we visited in 2012.

Photo 4 is grandadís actual name close up.

I know the Tynemouth Project has a photo of Grandad at Smiths Docks. Also I have a book Tyneside Scottish by Graham Stewart and John Sheen which mentions the story of Williamís cry on the battlefield. It says Williamís exclamation was probably the attitude of many of those who sacrificed their lives and felt a sense of hopelessness with their position but fought on against impossible odds.

William Henry Grant is remembered in North Shields on N34.04, N34.16 and N34.30

The CWGC entry for Sergeant Grant

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk