Manipur Expedition Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, he served as a Lieutenant in the Indian Staff Corps, Indian Army. During a revolt in the eastern Indian State of Manipur, Burma, in March 1891, several British officers were murdered, while others were imprisoned. Lieutenant Grant with a detachment of eighty Punjabi and Gurkha soldiers was stationed at the border post of Tamu, some 55 miles from Manipur. On March 28, he immediately marched with his detachment for relief of the survivors. On March 31, he arrived at Thobal about 15 miles from Manipur and immediately attacked and captured the village. For the next nine days even though he was wounded, he and his men repulsed repeated attacks and inflicted heavy casualties. On April 9, he received orders to withdraw towards a British force, which was then advancing towards Manipur. Lieutenant Grant and his men joined the relieving force and took further part in fighting during which he was again wounded. For gallantry in the face of the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Victoria Cross on May 26, 1891. He later achieved the rank of Colonel, retired in 1911 and served during World War I as a draft conducting officer. He died at age 71 in Sidmouth, England.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith