Harold Taylor Wood Grant DSO, RCN

Born  1 Mar 1899Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died  8 May 1965(66)Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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2 Feb 1917 Mid.
3 May 1919 S.Lt.
2 Nov 1920 Lt.
2 Nov 1928 Lt.Cdr.
1 Aug 1935 Cdr.
30 Aug 1939 Capt.
28 Feb 1946 Rear-Admiral
1 Sep 1947 Vice-Admiral

Retired: 1951


5 Jan 1944 DSO

Warship Commands listed for Harold Taylor Wood Grant, RCN

HMCS Skeena (D 59)Cdr.Destroyer23 Apr 193830 Nov 1939
HMS Diomede (D 92)Capt.Light cruiser19 Aug 1942mid 1943
HMS Enterprise (D 52)Capt.Light cruiserJul 194328 Jun 1944
HMCS Ontario (53)Capt.Light cruiser17 Mar 194531 Dec 1945

Career information

In 1946 he was promoted to Rear Admiral and in Sept 1947 he became the Chief of Naval Staff in Ottawa, a position he held until his retirement at the end of 1950.


Canadia Veterans Hall of Valour. Harold Taylor Wood Grant

Events related to this officer

Light cruiser HMS Enterprise (D 52)

28 Dec 1943
HMS Enterprise (Capt. H.T.W. Grant, RCN) attempting the interception of the arriving German blockade runner Alsterufer in the Bay of Biscay with HMS Glasgow (Capt. C.P. Clarke, RN), ran into the freighter's covering group, consisting of the German destroyer Z 27 and the German torpedo boats T 22, T 25 and T 26.

In a spirited gun action, the heavier British artillery had the better of the Germans and only T 22 was able to return to port.

6 Jun 1944
Took part in the Normandy landings with Force "A", under the overall command of the Admiral embarked in US CA Tuscaloosa and deployed in support of the landings at Utah Beach. From 0716 hrs the CL fired on targets NE of Pouppeville, expending 145 rounds of 152 mm ammo in 6 separate shoots. Enterprise also took part in the bombardment of Cherbourg during June/July. (1)


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