Private Robert Nichol Grant

Robert Nichol Grant was born on June 3, 1896 in Brandon Manitoba. He was nineteen years old and just starting a career in banking, when he enlisted on April 14, 1916. Robert was placed with the 181st Battalion and after training for a year his regiment was sent to England, landing at Liverpool on April 29, 1917.

In England, Robert was transferred to the 44th Battalion on June 16, 1917. While training on the rifle range, Robert's superiors noticed that he couldn't hit the target without wearing his glasses, which were coke-bottle thick. It was because of this disability that Robert had not enlisted earlier. For this hesitation he had been given a white feather, a commom practice in those days for anyone suspected of not doing his part for the war. In any case, Robert's disability was such that his superiors refused to send him to France with his Regiment.

Robert requested to stay with his Regiment, and was assigned to became a stretcher barrier. While in France he participated in the the Battle of Hill 70 during August 15-25, 1917. Robert Nichol Grant died in action during this battle on August 23, 1917. His name is engraved on the Vimy Ridge Memorial.

This account was submitted by Robert Grant's great niece, Lori Douglas.

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