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Harold Taylor Wood Grant
Born (1899-03-16)March 16, 1899
Died May 8, 1965(1965-05-08) (aged 66)
Place of birth Halifax, Nova Scotia
Place of death Ottawa, Ontario
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch  Royal Canadian Navy
Rank Vice-Admiral
Commands held HMCS Skeena (D59)
HMS Diomede (D92)
HMS Enterprise (D52)
HMCS Ontario (C53)
Battles/wars

First World War
Second World War

Awards Mentioned in Despatches
Distinguished Service Order
Bronze Star

Vice-Admiral Harold Taylor Wood Grant, CBE DSO CD (March 16, 1899 – May 8, 1965) was a Canadian naval officer and a post-war Chief of the Naval Staff.

Early life

Grant was born in 1899 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His parents were Lieutenant Governor MacCallum Grant and Mrs. Laura MacNeill Parker Grant. One of his 5 brothers (also 1 sister) was John Moreau Grant. He studied at the Royal Naval College of Canada at Halifax, Nova Scotia from 1914 to 1917.

World War I

During World War I, Grant was as a midshipman with HMS Leviathan in February 1917. He served as Director of Canadian Naval Plans and Director of Naval Reserves. In 1938, he was appointed commanding officer of the destroyer HMCS Skeena.[1]

World War II

At the outbreak of World War II, Grant was a member of the command staff of the Atlantic Coast. Promoted to Captain in 1940, he became Director of Naval Personnel. He was commanding officer of the Royal Navy Cruiser HMS Diomede in 1943.[2] He was awarded the DSO for "gallantry and skill and good service in command of HMS Enterprise in an action with enemy destroyers". In the Bay of Biscay, HMS Enterprise and her sister ship, HMS Glasgow took on 11 German destroyers. The two ships sank three German ships, damaged several other German ships and chased the rest of the German ships into a French port. He was Mentioned in Despatches for his service during the D-Day invasion of Normandy June 1944. He was awarded the Bronze Star by the United States of America for his actions during the naval bombardment of Cherbourg, France.[1]

Postwar

Grant was promoted Rear Admiral in 1946. He served as Chief of the Naval Staff from 1947 to 1951. After retiring, he served as president of the Home Steamship lines at Montreal, Quebec. Grant died in Rockliffe Park, Ottawa, Ontario on May 8, 1965. He was 66 years of age. He was survived by his son John MacGregor and his daughters Sarah Grant and Mrs. Caroline Gill.[3]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Richard Howard Gimblett, Michael Whitby, Peter Haydon `The admirals: Canada's senior naval leadership in the twentieth century`
  2. Bernd Horn, Stephen John Harris, `Warrior chiefs: perspectives on senior Canadian military leaders`
  3. Canada veterans' hall of valour
Military offices
Preceded by
Howard Reid
Chief of the Naval Staff
1947-1951
Succeeded by
Rollo Mainguy


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