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A Tribute to

RQMS Harry Grantham MBE DCM

(1889 - 1959)

RQMS Harry Grantham, MBE DCMThe blue plaque located at the Territorial Army Centre on Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, previously the Drill Hall of the 9th Battalion Manchester Regiment, was unveiled on 30th October 2000 as a tribute to RQMS Harry Grantham, MBE DCM.

The Early Years

Harry Grantham was born in 1889 in Ashton-under-Lyne. He married a local girl and continued to live in the area and worked at R.A. Barrett & Co. Ltd. of Ashton-under-Lyne and later as a storekeeper at J. & E. Arnfields of Guide Bridge.

Services During the War

He enlisted in the 3rd Volunteer Battalion Manchester Regiment on 11th March 1906 and was promoted Lance Corporal in the redesignated 9th Battalion in October 1909. He was promoted Corporal in 1911 and Sergeant in 1912.

Career and Medals Awarded

Together with the rest of the Ashton Battalion he volunteered for overseas service at the outbreak of war in August 1914 and went to Egypt and guard duties on the Suez Canal. Later in the Gallipoli campaign he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM) for 'conspicuous gallantry and ability South of Krithia, Gallipoli Peninsula, on the 10th and 11th July 1915, when making a reconnaissance of the enemy's new trenches under very dangerous circumstances. He gained valuable information and located exactly the hostile positions'.

He was wounded and after hospital in Egypt he rejoined the battalion in Egypt. After the battles of Sinai he went to France with the battalion and was promoted Warrant Officer (Class Two) in May 1917. In August he returned to the United Kingdom and joined the Ripon Reception Battalion.

He was also one of the eight representatives of the 9th Battalion present at Buckingham Palace on 16th May 1930 on the occasion of King George V becoming Colonel-in-Chief.

He rejoined the 9th Battalion in February 1935 and was appointed Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant, a position he held until he retired in September 1943.

Services to Ex-Servicemen and the Territorial Army

For many years he was the Honorary Secretary of the 9th Battalion Old Comrades Association, administering unlimited charitable funds on their behalf until ill health restricted his activities.

For his long service to the Territorial Army he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Harry died in 1959 and is buried in Dukinfield.

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