Grant, Rev. John Spence
Regiment: 6th Battalion Gordon Highlanders
Biography: Son of George Grant, farmer, Leslie, Aberdeenshire ; born at Cairnie, 28 March 1890 ; educated at Gordon's College and Aberdeen University ; M.A., 1911 ; B.D., 1915. He took a very distinguished place in the University Divinity Hall, being Prizeman in every Department, and gaining First Prize in three classes. He was deservedly popular in and beyond College, and notably exhibited the qualities of leadership among his fellow-students. After licence in May 1914 he became Assistant Minister at Broughty Ferry where his work was much appreciated. In 1915 he received a commission as Lieutenant in the 6th Gordon Highlanders. He went through the entire Somme offensive, was promoted to a Captaincy and received the Military Cross in recognition of his conspicuous service on 22 September 1916, the official record stating : ''He showed great courage and skill in reconnaissance work. Later he carried out a daring raid on an enemy trench, with great courage and determination until relieved, and rendered great assistance in getting back the wounded men.'' He was a trusted and beloved leader,'' so a fellow-officer testifies, ''ever showing a fearless example to his men.'' He was killed in action at Arras on 9 April 1917.
Honours: Military Cross
Date of Death: 09 April 1917
Burial Details: Buried at Highland Cemetery, Roclincourt, Plot 1, Row A, Grave 47.
Publication: Roll of Service, edited by Mabel Desborough Allardyce. Published 1921.
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