David L. Grant PO/18644

David Love Grant was born on 23rd May 1898 at Bellshill in Lanarkshire. He was working as a coal miner when he enlisted with the Royal Marines on 26th May 1915 at Glasgow and was given the short service number 18644.

After completing his initial training at the Deal Depot David was transferred to the Portsmouth Division in January 1916. He served aboard HMS Renown and HMS Agincourt before being transferred to the Royal Naval Division, 2nd RMLI, on 8th July 1917.

David would see action with the Division at both Passchendaele and Welsh Ridge before he was taken prisoner during the enemy's Spring Offensive at the Battle of Bapaume. Held captive for three days he managed to escape and return to the British line on the 27th March.

Transferred to the 1st Reserve RMLI on 9th April, he would be questioned regarding his absence 3 days later by Colonel Anstruther.
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With his name cleared, David returned to the Portsmouth Division and was posted to HMS Arrogant where he would see out the war. He was invalided from service on 31st March 1919.

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