Lieutenant Donald I. Grant of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit, who holds an Anniversary Speed Graphic camera, England, 11 May 1944. Photographer: Frank L. Dubervill. Credit: Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada.

In January, 2015 I was contacted by a journalist from The Netherlands, doing research on still photographer Lt. Donald Grant of the CFPU. Robert Jan Leerink was doing a two page story for the De Stentoran Apeldoorn-based Dutch regional newspaper. Would I happen to know when Lt. Donald Grant had passed away.

Lt. Don Grant is famously known for capturing the image of Major David Currie in the act of winning the Victoria Cross on August 19, 1944.

Major David V. Currie (left, with pistol in hand) of The South Alberta Regiment accepting the surrender of German troops at St. Lambert-sur-Dives, France, 19 August 1944.

Below is a link to the book that includes a piece on Lt. Donald Grant;

Below is the article that was published in De Stentor;




From: Robert Jan Leerink []
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 8:32 AM
To: Gervais, Dale
Subject: Donald I Grant

Hello Dale,

My name is Robert Jan Leerink and I’m doing some research for a two page story about Donald I Grant (and the Canadian Film & Photo Unit ) for the Stentor newspaper in the Netherlands.

Do you have any clue when he passed away ?

Robert Jan Leerink

Schippershuizen 10
8131 PS Wijhe
The Netherlands

1 Comment

  1. Hi there , I realise its a bit late in the day , but I met Don a few times. He was a regular at my fathers pub ( The Shah of Persia ) in Poole.
    Don was an extremely humble man that spoke freely without boasting about his wartime life. Don regaled us so many times with stories. He gave one of his books signed to my uncle and had an old uniformed pic of himslf developed which he signed for me.
    My father has a few stories of him , as he always popped in every Friday afternoon. This must have been at least 20 yrs ago . But Don left an ever lasting impression on me.

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Dale Gervais has been actively researching and documenting the history of the Canadian Film & Photo Unit since 2006. Dale recently retired in September, 2018, after over 36 years with Library & Archives Canada. Dale now works as an independent researcher, with experience in audio visual holdings, video production and more recently doing Archival textual document searches, and photographic scanning.


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