Epitaphs of the First World War
Part III

“Would some thoughtful hand in this distant land please scatter some flowers for me”

Epitaph of Private Edwin Grant, Service Number 703562, B Coy., 47th (British Columbia) Battalion, 26-28 October 1917 (age 33).

Private Edwin Grant.
Credit: Canadian Virtual War Memorial, Veterans Affairs Canada 2017.

A steel worker from Aberdeen, Scotland, Edwin Grant enlisted in Vancouver in 1916. His medical examination details his identifying marks, which included tattoos of a butterfly and bird on his left arm and a butterfly and Geisha girl on his right. Edwin was killed during the opening attack on Passchendaele, with his date of death only determined to have taken place at some time between 26 and 28 October 1917. He left behind his wife, Bella, who after the war had moved from Vancouver to live with Edwin’s parents in Duluth, Minnesota.

Forms from Edwin’s service file indicate his eligibility for posthumous service medals, including two Memorial Crosses, to be sent to both his widow and mother, who were then living together in Minnesota after his death.
Credit: Library and Archives Canada, Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 3727 – 20, Item Number: 429315, Record Group: Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), p. 11.
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