William Lowther Grant

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Sir William Grant
Born 1864
Died 30 January 1929
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1877 – 1920
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Cornwallis
6th and 3rd Cruiser Squadrons
China Station
North America and West Indies Station
Battles/wars Anglo-Egyptian War
World War I
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir William Lowther Grant, KCB (1864 – 30 January 1929) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, North America and West Indies Station.

Naval career[edit]

Grant joined the Royal Navy in 1877,[1] and served in the Anglo-Egyptian War in 1882.[1] He was later Commander on board the HMS Doris, flagship of the Commander-in-Chief, Cape of Good Hope Station, Admiral Sir Robert Hastings Harris, and was in January 1900 landed in Cape Colony to take part in the Second Boer War.[2]

He was appointed in command of the elderly ironclad masted turret ship HMS Monarch on 5 May 1902,[3] and appointed Naval Advisor to the Army Council later the same year. Appointment as Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence followed in 1908, before he became Rear Admiral providing special service with the Home Fleet in 1910.[1] He served in World War I initially commanding the 6th Cruiser Squadron with cruiser HMS Drake as his flagship.[4] He was made Commander-in-Chief, China Station in 1916 and Commander-in-Chief, North America and West Indies Station in 1918.[1] He retired in 1920.[1]

In retirement he sought to justify Admiral Lord Jellicoe's actions at the Battle of Jutland in the face of German criticism.[5]


In 1892 Grant married Mabel Emily Brodrick, daughter of the Rev. Henry Brodrick and Emily Hester Brodrick.[6][7]


  1. ^ a b c d e Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives
  2. ^ "The War - Naval officers at the front". The Times (36053). London. 31 January 1900. p. 10. 
  3. ^ "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36761). London. 7 May 1902. p. 10. 
  4. ^ The Dreadnought Project
  5. ^ Jutland History Evening Post, 1924
  6. ^ Fox-Davies, Arthur Charles (1895). "Armorial families: a complete peerage, baronetage, and knightage, and a directory of some gentlemen of coat-armour, and being the first attempt to show which arms in use at the moment are borne by legal authority". Internet Archive. Edinburgh: T.C. & E.C. Jack, Grang Publishing Works. pp. 132–3. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  7. ^ The Peerage.com

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Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Martyn Jerram
Commander-in-Chief, China Station
Succeeded by
Sir Frederick Tudor
Preceded by
Sir Montague Browning
Commander-in-Chief, North America and West Indies Station
Succeeded by
Sir Morgan Singer