Bombardier Archibald Grant (1463105) served in 21st Battery, 8th (Belfast) Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery during World War Two. Born in 1905, he was the son of Dixon Grant and Mary Ann Grant (née Lee) of 11 Saunders Street, Belfast, Co. Down.
Dixon Grant served in the Boer War. Mary Ann Grant died on 20th April 1931 at the Union Infirmary, Belfast, Co. Antrim. the couple had an older son, William John Grant who died in France on 5th July 1916 during World War One.
Archibald was the husband of Elizabeth Grant. The couple lived at 20 Chamberlain Street, Belfast, Co. Down. They had a son named Dixon Grant. Before the war, Archibald played football for Linfield Football Club. His days with the club came during the late 1920s as he played left half-back.
Before the outbreak of war, Grant was a member of the Orange Order and of Royal Black Preceptory No. 322. He also had an involvement with St. Patrick’s Young Men’s Bible Class. He enlisted in the Territorial Army in 1939 shortly before the outbreak of war and departed for Scotland for training.
Archibald Grant died in a motor accident on 21st February 1942 aged 36 years old. His grave is in Section E5, Grave 902 of Dundonald Cemetery, Dundonald, Co. Down. His headstone bears the inscription:
In the midst of life we are in death.