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Name: Freeman Hector Grant Rank: Private Service No: F/66173 Service: West Nova Scotia Regiment, Royal Canadian Infantry Corps Date of Birth: November 11, 1926 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: December 30, 1942 Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Address at Enlistment: Carleton, Yarmouth Co., NS Age at Enlistment: 17 Height: 5 feet, 7 inches Complexion: Fair Hair colour: Black Eye colour: Brown Occupation: Labourer Marital Status: Single Religion: Baptist Next of Kin: Hector Grant (Father), Yarmouth North, NS Date of Death: December 14, 1943 Age at Death: 17 Cemetery: Moro River Canadian Cemetery (Ortona, Italy) Grave Section V, Row A, Grave 9 The 43rd name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial Commemorated on page 165 of the Second World Book of Remembrance Freeman Hector Grant was the son of Hector Garnet Grant (1904-1994) and Rowena Vivian (Garron) Grant (born 1908) of Yarmouth North, Nova Scotia. His mother was born in Westport on Digby Neck in Digby County, NS and his father was born in Yarmouth, NS. Prior to enlisting Freeman was living in Carleton and working as a labourer for Roy Miller who had a cloths pin factory in Carleton. After enlistment and Basic Training in Canada in 1942 and early 1943, Freeman embarked in Canada for service overseas on June 10, 1943, and disembarked June 18th in the United Kingdom. He then departed the UK in September of 1943 to transfer to Italy. In 1943, the German Army was defending a line from the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Naples, to the Adriatic Sea south of Ortona in Italy. The 1st Canadian Infantry Division was to cross the Moro River and take Ortona. Private Freeman Hector Grant was killed in action during the Battle of Ortona. He was interred at the Moro River Canadian Cemetery in San Donato, Ortona commune, in the Province of Chieti, Italy. Some records register Freeman’s year of birth as 1923, which would have made him 19 when he enlisted and died. The name of Freeman's uncle William Howard Grant appears directly after his on the Yarmouth War Memorial. He died twenty-eight months after Freeman in Holland, approximately two weeks before the end of the war in Europe on April 13, 1945. He is interred at the Holten Canadian War Cemetery in the Netherlands.
Freeman Hector Grant