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Charles GRANT

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Surname: GRANT

Forename(s): Charles

Place of Birth: Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland

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Rank: Steward

Regiment / Corps / Service: Mercantile Marine

Battalion / Unit: S.S. 'Membland' (West Hartlepool)

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Age: 46

Date of Death: 1915-02-15

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Charles Grant was the son of ( - ). He was married to Catherine Campbell, who was also born at Nairn, Nairnshire.

1901 Ingleton, Yorkshire Census: 3, Hollin Tree - Charles Grant, aged 38 years, born Nairn, Scotland, husband of Catherine Grant.

In 1911 Catherine and her daughter, Isabel Agnes Lennie Grant (born Nairn, Nairnshire, c. 1893) were living at Hollin Tree Cottage; Charles was absent. Isabel was married to George Herbert Redhead in 1914.

On 15 February 1915, S.S. ‘Membland’ left Hull on a voyage to the Tyne for a cargo of coal for a gas company in Buenos Ayres. She was last seen off Spurn Lighthouse but was never seen again. It was assumed that she hit a mine and sank with the loss of twenty-five lives. There were no survivors.

Charles is commemorated in the Rolls of Honour at the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh.

A short biography of Charles is included in: ‘The Ingleton War Memorial, 1914-18, 1939-45’ by Andrew Brooks (2005).

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Steward Charles GRANT

Steward Charles GRANT

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Mercantile Marine

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Mercantile Marine

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Surname: GRANT

Forename(s): Charles

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number:

Rank: Steward

Regiment: Mercantile Marine

Unit: S.S. "Membland" (West Hartlepool)

Age: 46


Died Date: 15/02/1915

Additional Information: Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Grant; husband of Catherine Grant (nee Campbell) of Hollin Tree Cottage, Ingleton, Yorks. Born at Nairn.

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966


GRANT Catherine of Hollin Tree cottage Ingleton Yorkshire widow died 10 March 1918 Administration Wakefield 18 April to Isabel Agnes Lennie Redhead (wife of George Herbert Redhead). Effects £246 17s. 11d.


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07 May 1915


Several letters have been received at Ingleton during the past week, stating that the Ingleton Territorials have been under fire “somewhere in France.” Happily there have been no casualties.
Mrs. John Slinger, Albion House, who has five sons serving with the Colours, has received intimation during the past week that one of her sons has been wounded, and is now lying at the base hospital in France. The flag was hoisted half-mast high on St. Mary's steeple in memory of 2nd Lieutenant Kirk, and on Sunday the organist (Mr. C. Bentham) played the Dead March. His untimely death cast a gloom over the place, for it could be truly said of him that he had many friends, but few enemies. When the Germans, by the use of asphyxiating gases, compelled the French to retire, and thus expose the Canadian flank, Lieutenant Kirk was ordered to support the Canadians, and in leading his platoon he was shot through the chest. He was at once carried to the hospital, but succumbed to the injuries he had received. During the time he was in the trenches he had won the golden opinions of his men and brother officers by his gallantry and conspicuous courage.

Mr. Charles Grant, Hollin Tree, has been presumed to be dead. Some weeks ago he signed on as ship's cook at Hull. His vessel proceeded to the Tyne to take in a cargo, and it has never been heard of since. Probably his ship was sunk by a mine, or torpedoed, but the owners know absolutely nothing as to the fate of the vessel.

22 February 1918


A memorial service for Ingleton men who have fallen in the war was held in St. Mary’s Church on Sunday evening. There was a large congregation, and the service was of an impressive character. The Union Jack was hoisted half-mast on the tower during the day. At the commencement of the service the organist, Mr. C. Bentham, played ‘O rest in the Lord’, and at the conclusion the Dead March in ‘Saul’, 'How bright these glorious spirits shine’, and other hymns appropriate to the occasion were sung, as was also the National Anthem. Standing on the Chancel steps, Bugler J. Robinson sounded the ‘Last Post’, and its solemn and eerie notes reverberated along the aisles.

Before commencing his address, the vicar, the Rev. D. T. Davies, read out the list of those who had fallen, as follows:–

Killed in action: Second-Lieutenant G. Kirk, Sergeant J. Metcalfe, Privates A. Noble, G. Scholey, C. Tomlinson, J. Smith, W. A. Hodgson, J. W. Wadeson, J. W. Robinson, J. Clapham, W. Smith, J. Schofield, J. Kettlewell, W. Marklew, E. Askew, P. Fletcher, G. Metcalfe, A. M. Booth, J. Woodhouse, W. Bolton, and J. [W.H.W.] Wilson.

Died in hospital: Privates W. H. Wignall and C. Newsholme.

Torpedoed: C. Grant.

Missing; Sergeant R. E. Walker, Privates A. Sherwin, W. Northey, E. Robinson, J. Saul, and W. [J.C.] Bradford.

The Vicar, speaking from the words, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’, said that the occasion brought them face in face with a question that was momentous to everyone, and the list which he had just read made them pause and ask the question, “Is the cause for which we are fighting of such a nature that these sacrifices are necessary?” They must remind themselves of the causes which led to the war. Our honour was pledged to protect a small country from an oppressing wrong, and we were compelled to stand by them. They were standing to protect a weak country from a fearful wrong committed by one of the strongest nations in the world – from a military point of view the strongest – a nation that was steadily prospering year after year and which had been training its manhood to satisfy its mad ambition for power. It was becoming clear, especially during the last few weeks, that the dominant note running through their proposals had been their determination that might should conquer over right, and that they would rule as masters over the whole world. When they analysed the causes they saw that the principles of justice and righteousness were struggling against oppression and wrong-doing. They had seen an attempt to impose injustice on the whole world, to impose the doctrine that might is right and mercy unknown by the will of one man, and to sweep away religion, man’s guidance, in a moment.

15 March 1918

GRANT – March10th, at Ingleton, Mrs. Charles Grant, aged 59 years.

[The widow of Steward Charles Grant.]

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22 February 1918


MEMORIAL SERVICE – On Sunday last a memorial service for the Ingleton soldiers who have fallen during the war was held in St. Mary’s Church. The flag on the tower was hoisted at half-mast. There was a very large congregation, and prior to the commencement of the service the organist (Mr. C. Bentham) played a solemn voluntary. The vicar (Rev. T. D. Davies) conducted the service, special prayers, psalms, and hymns being read and sung. The Vicar delivered a powerful sermon, taking as his text St. John, ch. 13 v., 13, “Greater love hath no man,” and prior to this read the following name of the Ingleton men killed and missing , some of whom have been presumed dead. The ‘Dead March’ was played at the close of the service, and the sounding of the ‘Last Post’ by Bugler J. Robinson concluded a solemn and impressive service. The following were the names read out by the vicar:–

Men killed: 2nd-Lieut. Gerald Kirk, Pte. A. Noble, Pte. G. Scholey, Sergt. Jas. Metcalfe, Pte. Cyril Tomlinson, Pte. James [Jabez] Smith, Pte. Wm. A. Hodgson, Pte. John W. Wadeson, Pte. John W. Robinson, Pte. Joe Clapham, Pte. Wm. Smith, Pte. Jas. Schofield, Pte. Jas. Kettlewell, Pte. W. Marklew, Pte. E Askew, Pte. Percy Fletcher, Pte. Geo. Metcalfe, Pte. A. M. Booth, Pte. J. Woodhouse, Pte. W. Bolton, Pte. J. [W.H.W.] Wilson; died in hospital: Pte. Chris. Newsholme, Pte. Henry Wignall; missing: Sergt Robert E. Walker, Pte. Alfred Sherwin. Pte. Wm. Northy, Pte. Jas. Saul, Pte. Ed. Robinson. Pte. W. [J.C.] Bradford; torpedoed: Charles Grant.

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