Charles James William Grant VC

Name: Charles James William Grant

Conflict: Manipur Expedition

Gazetted: May 26, 1891

Service: Indian Army

Charles James William Grant VC

Medal group

Place/date of birth: Bourtie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland/ October 14, 1861

Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Lieutenant (Brevet-Colonel)

Date of bravery: March 27-April 9, 1891

London Gazette citation:

Lieutenant Charles James William Grant, Indian Staff Corps

For conspicuous bravery and devotion to his country displayed by him in having, upon hearing on the 27th March, 1891, of the disaster at Manipur, at once volunteered to attempt the relief of the British Captives, with 80 Native Soldiers, and having advanced with the greatest intrepidity, captured Thobal, near Manipur, and held it against a large force of the enemy.

Lieutenant Grant inspired his men with equal heroism, by an ever-present example of personal daring and resource.

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Other decorations: N/A

Place/date of death: Sidmouth, Devon/November 23, 1932

Grave/memorials: Headstone, Temple Road Cemetery, Sidmouth, Devon

Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased privately, 2023

Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum