Private Vincent Grainger
50959 Lincolnshire Regiment
42504 Bedford Regiment, 3rd Battalion.

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Photo: Far Left Vincent Grainger b. 1894, far right, his nephew also named Vincent.

Vincent was the son of Joshua Grainger, coal miner hewer and May (nee Alton) of New Westwood. Vincent was born about 1894 and had sisters Decima, Hannah and May and a brother named Gilbert. He attested on 19th Feb 1916 at Nottingham, aged 21 and gave his occupation as miner (loader). He was 5′ 7″ in height and passed as medically fit class B1. Distinguishing marks, three scars middle left hip.

Vincent seems to have served at home in the UK Eastern Command. He was awarded the British and Victory Medals. He sustained a gun shot wound injuring his left foot and right thigh. On 24th Jan 1919 he was demobilized to ‘The Bents’, Westwood.

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 Photo: Vincent’s mother, May Grainger (nee Alton) at The Bents, Westwood

Courtesy B. Parkin.

Vincent was later Publican of the Royal Oak on Palmerston Street, Westwood, from 1940 to 1965. In 1942 he married Lucy Doody and they had a son named Eric and a daughter named Freda.