John Edward Grant

Date of birth: 1892
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 9051
Died: 12th May 1917, aged 26 years
Buried: Nikolai Cemetery, Jelgava, Latvia (Plot I, Row C, Grave 4)


John was the second of 8 known siblings born to John Brown and Alice Grant (nee Long), who married in Southampton in 1888.

It can be assumed that a further 4 children died in infancy, because the couple had a total of 12 children.


Latterly, the family lived at 111 Belgrave Road in Portswood.


John Brown was born in Fordingbridge in 1856 and he died in Southampton in 1929.

Alice was born in Portsmouth in 1867 and she passed away in Southampton in 1913.



Ethel Mary b. 1890 Southampton   d. 1968 Winchester   Married William C. Stanford in Southampton in 1917.

John Edward 

Frederick Hubert   b. 1 October 1893 Southampton   d. 1976 Southampton   Married Emily V. Gray in Southampton in 1933.

Mabel Beatrice   b. 8 March 1896   d. 1923 Southampton

Robert Henry   b. 29 May 1900 Southampton   d. 1965 Evesham   Married Annie M. Fletcher in Southampton in 1921.

Thirza Marion   b. 1902 Southampton   d. 1983 Southampton   Married William B. Manning in Southampton in 1926.

Nellie   b. 1905 Southampton   d. ??

Arthur SAMUEL   b. 1906 Southampton   d. 1982 Southampton   Married Ivy T. Moody in Southampton in 1940.


The 1st Hampshires landed at Le Havre on 23 August 1914, arriving in time to provide infantry reinforcements at the Battle of Le Cateau.

During the rest of 1914, the battalion fought at the Battle of the Marne, the Battle of the Aisne and at the Battle of Messines.


In 1915 they fought at the Second Battle of Ypres and in 1916 moved south, to fight in the Battles of the Somme.


In 1917 the battalion fought at Arras and saw action during the First and Third Battles of the Scarpe.

They moved north once again, for the Third Battle of Ypres in mid 1917.


Prior to these actions, John was taken prisoner. He was held in Doeberitz Camp near Berlin, but was soon moved to Libau to work in the docks.


At least 2,000 British prisoners were then marched to Mitau (present day Jelgava) in Latvia.

The prisoners were mistreated and kept in harsh conditions with the many Russian prisoners.


John died of sickness and is buried with 35 of his fellow prisoners in the British plot of the Latvian cemetery.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 4th August 2016


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