Donald John GRANT

Year of Birth:  1890

Place of Birth:  Normanton, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  16 January 1915

Date and Place of Embarkation:  20 August 1915, Sydney, New South Wales

Ship:  HMAT Shropshire A9

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):   9th Australian Infantry Battalion – 1 to 9 Reinforcements

Regimental Number:  2387

Died:  23 June 1916

 

Private Donald John Grant – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial

 

Donald John Grant was born in Normanton on the 23 October 1890 to Alexander George Grant and Mary Bell. He was one of 4 children, William born 1892, Walter in 1894 and Ellen Jane in 1896.

On his enlistment in Brisbane, Donald was 24 years old, his occupation a Labourer and his next of kin was his mother Mrs. Mary Grant, Gordonvale, via Cairns. His height was 5 feet 6 inches, weighed 150 pounds with blonde complexion, brown eyes and brown hair. He gave his religion as Presbyterian.

Donald John Grant died from Arsenical Dermatitis in the 3rd Australian General Hospital, Abbassia on the 23 June 1916. He was buried in the English Protestant Cemetery in Cairo.

 

HMAT Shropshire A9 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial

 

NAA B2455 – Mother’s letter of consent

 

NAA B2455 – Letter from Mother

 

Online Resources

Queensland Birth Death & Marriage Index

Photograph of the: HMAT Shropshire A9 , Australian War Memorial

Photograph: Private Donald John Grant – Australian War Memorial

NAA: B2455, Grant D.J., National Archives of Australia

 

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