18 May 1917 : Richard John Grandin

Born 22 July 1892, St.Helier, Jersey

Parents Elias Grandin and Louise (née Alix).

Training Ship Conway

Educated at Victoria College, Jersey and Training Ship Conway and the the Lycée St. Breux, France. 

At the 1911 Census was at home in Jersey with his widowed father, older sister and three domestic servants. His mother had died that January. Richard was working with his father as an ironmonger’s assistant. They lived in the 18 roomed Gloucester Lodge, St. Saviour’s, Jersey. 

He was gazetted 2nd. Lieut. to the Jersey Militia in 1909. He was promoted Lieutenant in April 1912 and Captain in 1914.

St. George's Church, Tuffnell Park

Richard married Mabel Helena Marguerite Pitcher on 3 April 1915 at St.George’s,Tuffnell Park, London. 

Gazetted Temporary Lieutenant in the Army Service Corps. Served with the Egyptian Expeditionary Force in Egypt from December 1915 where he acted as Officer Commanding Transdport, Port Said from March to May 1916 and afterwards Officer Commanding Army Service Corps, Ballah.

Transferred to the Royal Flying Coprs in November 1916.

Returned to England and after 14 March 1917 and on completing his training as a Scout Pilot at Oxford he was sent to France 14 April 1917. He was reported missing 18 May 1917.

2nd Lieut. Richard John Grandin, Royal Flying Corps

18 May 1917 Missing, assumed killed in action

Source: Du Ruvigny’s Vol, Census Returns, Family Tree Ancestry,  V. Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 29 May 1917. Weekly Freeman’s Journal, April 1917.