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Grandin, R J

Flying Services Memorial, Arras

Flying Services Memorial, Arras

NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Tuesday 11 September 1917

Another Popular Jersey Officer Makes the Supreme Sacrifice. Our readers will remember that some weeks ago we announced that Captain Richard John (Dick) Grandin, only son of Mr J E Grandin of Commercial Buildings and husband of Mrs Grandin (nee Pitcher) of London, formerly a Captain in the 3rd Battalion RMIJ, had been reported missing whilst flying on 18 May, and we now regret to state that this popular young officer has been officially reported killed on that date. Dick Grandin, as he was popularly known, was a Captain in the 3rd Battalion RMIJ and shortly after the outbreak of war he joined the Royal Army Service Corps as 2nd Lieutenant. He was sometime later gazetted temporary Captain but being desirous of taking an even more active part in the campaign he volunteered for the Royal Flying Corps and was appointed 2nd Lieutenant. Whilst flying over the enemy lines on 18 May he was reported missing and though every effort has been made to trace him amongst the prisoners in Germany the War Office are now regretfully constrained to presume he was killed on that date By a tragic coincidence the official news of the death was received by his widow on the day following the receipt of the death of his brother-in-law, also of the Royal Flying Corps. The late Captain Grandin was only 24, thus a promising career has been brought to an early close. His many friends, especially amongst the men of the RMIJ who held him in very high regard, will join us in tendering the bereaved relatives our heartfelt sympathy, they however will realise that Dick Grandin died a true hero's death.


Educated at Victoria College, Jersey
Commemorated on OV Memorial, Jersey


Notice of Death appears in Jersey Evening Post of Wednesday 12 September 1917


Richard John Grandin

Captain Richard John Grandin
60 Squadron, Royal Army Service Corps and 60th Squadron Royal Flying Corps

1914-15 Star

Richard John Grandin

Family memorial at St Saviour's Churchyard, Jersey.

Only son of John Elias & Louisa Grandin of St Saviour, Jersey. Husband of Marguerite Grandin (nee Pitcher) of London. He was married & living at 58 Anson Road, London at the time of his death. Originally a Captain in the 3rd Battalion, Royal Militia of the Island of Jersey, he joined the Army Service Corps on the outbreak of war.

Reported missing after flying into action. Killed in action, aged 24 years.


NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post of Tuesday 22 May 1917

Jersey Officer Missing. We regret to learn that Mr John Grandin of Commercial Buildings has received a wire to the effect that his son, Lieutenant Richard J Grandin of the Royal Flying Corps, is missing. We trust news of his safety will soon be forthcoming.

NEWS ITEM IN Jersey Evening Post of Thursday 24 December 1914

Captains Grandin & Le Feuvre Joining English Regiments. Captain R J Grandin of E Company and Captain F Le Feuvre of F Company 3rd or Town Battalion RMIJ leave the Island on Saturday next to join service battalions of the new Army. No more popular or efficient officers could be found in the Regiment and their departure will be a distinct loss to the town. The NCOs and men however will join us in wishing them the best of luck in their more active spheres of labour. The Companies concerned, determined not to let the officers leave without showing them in what esteem and respect they are held, are marching down to the North Quay on Saturday morning to give them a send off. Men of 1st and 2nd reserve and those temporarily exempt are asked to meet at the Weighbridge at 7 o'clock. Dress: drill order, greatcoats without rifles. We understand that Captain Le Feuvre has been gazetted Captain in the 7th Battalion Suffolk Regiment and Captain Grandin has been appointed Lieutenant in the Army Service Corps.