Grant, Richard Craven

He was the youngest son of Captain W.A. Grant, late 13th Hussars, of Westergate House, Arundel and came to Winchester from West Downs, where he was in the cricket XI in 1908. In 1913, he went to the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester with the intention of taking up fruit farming in Canada.

On the day after the declaration of war he joined the camp formed by the Oxford and Winchester O.T.C.s at Tidworth. He was gazetted to the Scottish Rifles on August 15 1914, and promoted Lieutenant three months later. In January 1915 he joined the 2nd Battalion in France and was severely wounded at Neuve Chapelle on March 10th, being one of the three officers of his battalion who survived; he was promoted to Captain for distinguished service in that action. During a long convalescence he took a pilot’s certificate at Hendon and when fit for light duties joined his depot at Nigg. After a special course at Chelsea Barracks he was appointed instructor to a cadet battalion at Gailes Camp, Ayrshire, and in 1917 was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, being appointed instructor at Chattis Hill and later at Lake Down, Salisbury.

In August 1918 he was passed fit for general service and returned to France with 209 Squadron flying Sopwith Camels. Early on September 2nd 1918 he went out with his patrol with orders to bomb troops on the march at low altitude between Monchy and Arras. He was last seen in combat with enemy aircraft over Ecourt St Quentin at 7.30 in the morning, but was never heard of again. Leutnant Theodor Quant of Jasta 36 was credited with the destruction of a Sopwith Camel, either Grant’s or another pilot’s (2nd Lieutenant William Wormald) that morning, his twelfth victory out of 15. Quant was himself shot down by French fighters in the Second World War, whilst flying a Messerschmidt Me 109 in June 1940.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Grant
  • Forenames or initials: Richard Craven
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1908-1912
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Air Force
  • Date of Birth: 13th January 1895
  • Date of Death: 2nd September 1918
  • How Died: Missing in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E4
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: ARRAS FLYING SERVICES MEMORIAL, Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery in Arras,