No. 424841, 29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)
Died of wounds on Saturday 16 September 1916 (aged 34)
St. Sever Cemetery, France (Grave B.19.14)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM)
Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance
Ballygowan Presbyterian Church
Family grave headstone in Moneyreagh Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church Graveyard
Samuel Grant was born on 4 June 1882 in Ballyknockan, Ballygowan and he was a son of Samuel and Jane Grant (nee Clarke, sometimes Clark) who were married around 1879/1880 in Linenhall (University Road) Presbyterian Church (later Crescent) Belfast.
The Grant family lived in the townland of Ballyknockan, Ballygowan.
Samuel Grant Senior worked as a corn miller and he and Jane had nine children:
James (born 13 January 1881 in Ballyknockan)
Samuel (born 4 June 1882 in Ballyknockan)
Thomas (born 15 August 1884 in Ballyknockan)
Robert (born 27 June 1886 in Ballyknockan)
Elizabeth (Lizzie, born 25 July 1888 in Ballyknockan)
John (born 1 October 1890 in Ballyknockan)
Annie (born 17 August 1892 in Ballyknockan)
Mary (born 13 August 1895 in Ballyknockan)
Jane (born 12 September 1897 in Ballyknockan)
Samuel Grant Junior worked with his father as an assistant miller before he moved to Canada where he was employed as a railway foreman. He enlisted on 17 May 1915 at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba and in his attestation papers it was noted that he was 5 feet 6 inches tall with a dark complexion, hazel eyes and black hair. He declared his date of birth to be 4 June 1884.
Private Samuel Grant was 34 when he died on 16 September 1916 and he was buried in St. Sever Cemetery, France. There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:
BORN 4TH JUNE 1882
BALLYGOWAN, CO DOWN
Private Samuel Grant is commemorated in Ballygowan Presbyterian Church and on the family grave headstone in Moneyreagh Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church Graveyard.
Samuel’s mother Jane died on 12 March 1921 and his father Samuel died on 22 April 1929.
Samuel’s brother John served with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers and was seriously wounded at Gallipoli in 1915. John Grant was disabled for the rest of his life.