Vice-Admiral Harold Taylor Wood GRANT, DSO, CBE, CD

Vice-Admiral Harold Taylor Wood GRANT, DSO, CBE, CD

Vice-Admiral Harold Taylor Wood GRANT, DSO, CBE, CD

Vice-Admiral Grant joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) as a Cadet in 1914 attending the Royal Naval College of Canada (RNCC).  From 1917 until 1920 he undertook training with the Royal Navy (RN) in HM Ships Leviathan, Carnarvon, Roxborough, Minotaur, Canada and Warwick, and with the RCN in HMC Ships Aurora and Patriot.  In 1924 he specialized in navigation, attending navigation training at HMS Dryad followed by an appointment to HMCS Patrician.  In 1927 he attended advanced navigation training at HMS Dryad, followed by appointments as Navigating Officer in the RN battleships HMS Warspite and HMS Queen Elizabeth. In 1929 he returned to Canada as Staff Officer to the Commander-in-Charge Halifax, and in 1931 First Lieutenant (Executive Officer) in the destroyer HMCS Saguenay.  In 1934 he was appointed to Naval Headquarters (NHQ) in Ottawa as Director Naval Plans.  Promoted to Commander in 1935, he served as Director Naval Reserves in NHQ, and in 1936 he attended the RN Staff College Course, followed by an appointment in 1936 on the staff of the RN Commander-in-Chief Atlantic Fleet in the battleship HMS Nelson.  In 1938 he assumed command of the destroyer HMCS Skeena.  In 1940, on promotion to Captain, he was appointed to Naval Service Headquarters (NSHQ) as the Chief of Naval Personnel.  In 1942 he was appointed Captain (D) Newfoundland, and in 1943 he assumed command of the RN cruiser HMS Diomede, followed in 1943 by command of the RN cruiser HMS Enterprise, and in 1945 command of the cruiser HMCS Ontario.  On promotion to Rear-Admiral in 1946, he was appointed Chief of Naval Administration and Supply at NSHQ.

 Upon promotion to his current rank in 1947, Vice-Admiral Grant was appointed Chief of the Naval Staff, in which position he served until his retirement in 1951.  He died 8 May 1965.