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Grant, William Collection

William Charles Grant was born in England in March 1887 and joined the Shanghai Municipal Police in 1910. He left the force in 1912 to become a warder at the Shanghai Municipal Gaol (now Tilanqiao Prison) in Ward Road (Changyang Lu), Hongkew (Hongkou) district, Shanghai. Rising through the ranks, Grant was appointed Governor of the Gaol in 1939. He was retired by the Japanese in February 1942 and interned at Haiphong Road Camp. In December 1945, the Grant family arrived at Liverpool, England. W. C. Grant married Ivy Lillian Ellis in 1925 and the couple had three children: Donald Alfred Ellis Grant (1928), Alan William Grant (1932) and David Charles Grant (1937). See China Families entries, here and here. Only a selection of the William Grant Collection is currently online. HPC refs: WG01, WG02, WG-s.