Malvern College First World War Casualty

Lieutenant Harold Grant-Dalton

Photo of Harold Grant-Dalton
House and time at Malvern: No 6, 1903 - 1908.

Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
Died: 28 April 1918 aged 28 in Germany. Died in German Hospital.
Cemetery: Niederzwehren Cemetery Hessen Germany IV H 9

Son of Rev. Colin Grant-Dalton, Wincanton, Somerset. b. 1890.
Middle IV Lower Shell. School Prefect.
Land Agent. Great War, Lieutenant R.N.V.R. 1914. Died of wounds (in German hands) April 28, 1918.
Hood Bn. R.N. Div.

'On leaving School he took up land agent's work, and on the outbreak of war secured a commission with the R.N.V.R., with which force he saw much service at the front. He was reported missing in March 1918, and as having died a prisoner in Germany on April 28th. A cheery, companionable boy at School, who never rose to any high distinction, his subsequent short career showed the manner of man that he was.' (Malvernian, Nov 1918).

He was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous “gallantry and resource”. His citation reads “When all the officers of his company had become casualties he assumed the command and by his bravery and personal example was able successfully to defend an exposed piece of the line. He had on previous occasions done good work” - London Gazette 18 July 1917 page 7230.

On 24th March 1918 he sustained gunshot wounds to the pelvis and was found by German troops and was taken prisoner of war and admitted to the German War Hospital at Ohrdruf south of Gotha, Germany. He died at 10 p.m. on 28th April 1918.
Detailed biography at Wincanton Roll of Honour