Edgar Stewart Grant
Regiment: London Regiment, Queen’s Westminster Rifles
Father: Mr James Grant
Address: 66 Eversfield Place, St Leonards
Other Info: At the Front. The text from the press cutting below reads: Rifleman E S Grant, Queen’s Westminster Regiment, son of Mr & Mrs James Grant, 66 Eversfield Place, has been seriously wounded and probably owes his life to the soldiers pay book shown in the above pictures. Transport Sergeant H W Chapman, writing to Mrs Grant, says the injuries are severe but not dangerous; both his legs are broken and he has a nasty wound beneath the left eye. He was on duty on June 26th with a wagon and a pair of horses, when a large German high explosive shell struck and utterly destroyed the two horses and Rifleman Grant was blown violently against some timber and sustained the worst of his injuries in that manner. He was made quite comfortable in the field ambulance, and the Doctor was quite confident that there was nothing to prevent a complete recovery. His pluck and coolness earned the admiration not only of his comrades but also of the doctors attending him and contributed more than anything else to the fact that he lived lived through the effects of the shock.
To show how narrow was his escape, a fragment of the shell cut his pay book in half and embedded itself in his pocket book. The pocket book, shell fragments etc have been forwarded to Mrs Grant. The Sergeant in conclusion says “I should like to express to you on behalf of the whole section and myself how sorry we are to lose one of our best boys. I never met a more willing or harder worker. He was always one of the best”
Published: November 1914 & July 1915
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