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Private Samuel Grant

18th Battalion Highland Light Infantry
Service No: 5229

Samuel Grant grave

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Family Information

Brother of Private Robert Grant of the 10th Battalion Highland Light Infantry who was Killed in Action at Loos on the 25/09/1915 (see index). Another 3 brothers were serving in November 1916

Born / Resided

Bothwell / 35 Middle Row, Whifflet, Coatbridge with his brother and family

Died

Killed in Action 18/07/1916 Somme

Enlisted

Coatbridge

Employed

Miner in Rosehall Colliery

Age

21

Buried / Remembered

Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave, the majority of whom died during the Somme offensive of 1916. On the high ground overlooking the Somme River in France, where some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War took place, stands the Thiepval Memorial. Towering over 45 metres in height, it dominates the landscape for miles around. It is the largest Commonwealth memorial to the missing in the world. On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, 13 divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured. The village had been an original objective of 1 July.

Additional Information

Samuel was Killed in Action in the 3rd week of the British Somme Offensive. See photos for Samuels name on the Thiepval Memorial

Photos
  Medal Index Card  newspaper clipping  additional photo

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