Harold Taylor Wood Grant DSO, RCN

Born  1 Mar 1899Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died  8 May 1965(66)Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


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Ranks

2 Feb 1917 Mid.
3 May 1919 S.Lt.
2 Nov 1920 Lt.
2 Nov 1928 Lt.Cdr.
1 Aug 1935 Cdr.
30 Aug 1939 Capt.
28 Feb 1946 Rear-Admiral
1 Sep 1947 Vice-Admiral

Retired: 1951


Decorations

5 Jan 1944 DSO

Warship Commands listed for Harold Taylor Wood Grant, RCN


ShipRankTypeFromTo
HMCS Skeena (D 59)Cdr.Destroyer23 Apr 193830 Nov 1939
HMS Diomede (D 92)Capt.Light cruiserMar 194330 Jul 1943
HMS Enterprise (D 52)Capt.Light cruiserJul 194328 Jun 1944
HMCS Ontario (53)Capt.Light cruiser17 Mar 194531 Dec 1945

Career information

In 1946 he was promoted to Rear Admiral and in Sept 1947 he became the Chief of Naval Staff in Ottawa, a position he held until his retirement at the end of 1950.

Sources

Canadia Veterans Hall of Valour. Harold Taylor Wood Grant

Events related to this officer

Light cruiser HMS Diomede (D 92)


14 Apr 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, RCN) is undocked. (1)

15 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, RCN) is docked in No.1 Dock at Rosyth. (2)

17 May 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, RCN) is undocked. (2)

11 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, RCN) conducted DG trials in the Firth of Forth. (3)

13 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, RCN) conducted gunnery trials in the Firth of Forth. (3)

14 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, RCN) departed Rosyth for Scapa Flow. (3)

15 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, RCN) arrived at Scapa Flow to commence a work-up period. (3)

17 Jun 1943
During 17/18 June 1943, HMS Norfolk (A/Capt. J.S.S. Litchfield-Speer, RN) and HMS Diomede (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, RCN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. These included night exercises. (4)

19 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, RCN) conducted gunnery exercises off Scapa Flow. (3)

23 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, RCN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. (3)

25 Jun 1943
During 25/26 June 1943, HMS Diomede (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, RCN) and HMS Glasgow (Capt. E.M. Evans-Lombe, RN), conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. These included night exercises. (5)

29 Jun 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, RCN) conducted exercises at Scapa Flow. (3)

3 Jul 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
HMS Diomede (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, RCN) conducted DG trials and compass calibration trials Scapa Flow. (6)

6 Jul 1943
The battleships HMS Duke of York (Capt. G.E. Creasy, DSO, RN, flying the flag of Admiral B.A. Fraser, KCB, KBE, RN), HMS Anson (Capt. H.R.G. Kinahan, CBE, RN, flying the flag of Vice-Admiral H.R. Moore, KCB, DSO, CVO, RN), light cruiser HMS Diomede (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, RCN) and the destroyers HMS Grenville (Lt.Cdr. R.P. Hill, DSO, RN), USS Ellyson (T/Cdr. E.W. Longton, USN), USS Rodman (T/Cdr. J.F. Foley, USN), USS Emmons (T/Cdr. E.B. Billingsley, USN), USS Macomb (T/Cdr. J.C. South, USN) and USS Fitch (T/Cdr. K.C. Walpole, USN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow. (7)

13 Jul 1943 (position 0.00, 0.00)
In the afternoon HMS Diomede (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, RCN) conducted exercises off Scapa Flow together with HMS Belfast (Capt. F.R. Parham, RN, flying the flag of Rear-Admiral R.L. Burnett, CB, DSO, OBE, RN).

In the evening HMS Diomede conducted a tracking exercise during which HMS Brilliant (Lt. J. Smallwood, RN) served as the target. (8)

16 Jul 1943
HMS Diomede (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, RCN) arrived at Rosyth. The remainder of her work-up programme had been cancelled as the Admiralty had decided that she was not to be deployed operationally and to use her as training ship instead.

At Rosyth she was to be modified for her new training role. (6)


Light cruiser HMS Enterprise (D 52)


28 Dec 1943
HMS Enterprise (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, RCN) attempting the interception of the arriving German blockade runner Alsterufer in the Bay of Biscay with HMS Glasgow (Capt. C.P. Clarke, RN), ran into the freighter's covering group, consisting of the German destroyer Z 27 and the German torpedo boats T 22, T 25 and T 26.

In a spirited gun action, the heavier British artillery had the better of the Germans and only T 22 was able to return to port.

6 Jun 1944
Took part in the Normandy landings with Force "A", under the overall command of the Admiral embarked in US CA Tuscaloosa and deployed in support of the landings at Utah Beach. From 0716 hrs the CL fired on targets NE of Pouppeville, expending 145 rounds of 152 mm ammo in 6 separate shoots. Enterprise also took part in the bombardment of Cherbourg during June/July. (9)

Sources

  1. ADM 53/117386
  2. ADM 53/117387
  3. ADM 53/117388
  4. ADM 53/117388 + ADM 53/118301
  5. ADM 53/117388 + ADM 53/117576
  6. ADM 53/117389
  7. ADM 53/116902 + ADM 53/117389 + ADM 53/117400
  8. ADM 53/117015 + ADM 53/117389
  9. Personal communication

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.


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