James Seafield Grant MC

1891 Apr 8 Born Friston. Son of James Grant, of Park House, Friston, Suffolk

1901 census Living at Park House, Friston

1901 to 1904. He went to school at Framlingham College, founded as the Suffolk County Memorial to Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert, and its full title is 'The Albert Memorial College'. It took its first pupils in April 1865 and it rapidly established itself as a centre of educational excellence within Suffolk and East Anglia as a whole. The College stands in extensive grounds and fine views over Framlingham Mere and Castle.

1911 census. I cannot find him in the census, he may well be abroad as his Protection Cert in 1919 gave his former occupation as "big game hunter". His sister Dorothy is at The Princess Helena College in London. His mother and father are still in Suffolk

Prior to WW1 he is said to have served on HMS Worcester - this in fact being the Naval Training Ship for entrants to the Royal Navy, but was in KOSB early enough to have landed with them in France in Feb 1915.

1914 Sep 22. Commissioned 2nd Lt

1915 Feb Landed in France

1915 May 17 Temporary Lieutenant James Seafield- Grant (General List) to be temporary Captain.

1915. Jun 22. Commissioned Lt

1915 Jun 22 The undermentioned Officers are transferred to the General List, on appointment as Brigade Machine-Gun Officers: —James Seafield-Grant, 7th Battalion, The King's Own Scottish Borderers.

1916 Jan 1. MC Gazetted. Kings Own Scottish Borderers. Seafield-Grant, Temporary Lieutenant J .“For distinguished service in the field.” Twice MID

I assume this his his getting MC at Buckingham Palace

1916 Mar 27 Landed in France

1916 Apr 27. To hospital with Bronchitis

1916 May 13. Back to England

1917 Apr 14. Back to France

1917 May 22. 14 days leave in UK

1917 Jun 28. Temp. Capt. J. Seafield-Grant, M.C., to be actg. Maj. while comdg. a Coy.

1917 Jul 19. 10 days leave in UK

1917 Sep 16. 3 days leave in Paris

1917 Sep 26 Wounded in action. Gun shot wound to abdomen

1917. Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Files. 1909-1917 Series. Divorce Court File: 9678. Appellant: Josephine Violet Grant. Respondent: James Seafield Grant. Type: Wife's petition for divorce [wd].

1917 Oct 2. Shipped back to UK in HS "Princess Elizabeth"

1918 Aug 7. Marries Christian Emma Ruth Erskine

1918 Aug 13. Lands back in France

1918 Aug 14. Temp. Capt. (actg. Maj.) J. Seafield- Grant, M.C., reverts to his temp. rank.

1919 Jan 7. Leave to UK for 4 weeks

1919 Mar 12. Posted to UK

1919 May 16 . Demobilised. Leaves Army

1920 Dec 6. Joins RIC no79885 , ADRIC no 1179. 3rd District Inspector J Coy

1920 Dec 16. Promoted 2nd in Command

1921 Feb 11 Promoted to Company Commander

1921 Feb 25. Killed at Macroom in Coolavohig Ambush . A Daily Mail report says that he had only been in Cork 3 days

1921 Mar 2. Buried at Aldeburgh, Suffolk. His wife was too ill to attend.


Major Grant’s body arrived back in London the following Tuesday and he was buried in St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church, Aldeburgh, Suffolk. His widow placed a series of memorials to him in the Times. The inscription on his headstone reads:
"In Loving Memory of Major James Seafield Grant M.C., K.O.S. Borderers, R.I.C. Born at Friston April 8th 1891. Fell at Macroom Feb 25th 1921" 

1961 His widow died in Dorking