From access to a detailed curriculum vitae written by Dr. Grant when he was about 75 years old, the author has learned some little-known facts of his background and life. His ancestors came from France and had been ennobled. One predecessor was a mayor of Paris. Several of his family decided to emigrate to Great Britain with the Huguenot movement. Grant graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1908 in the same class as his future brother-in-law, William Boyd. When World War I was declared, he immediately volunteered for the army. During service on the Western Front, he was mentioned in dispatches in 1916, won the Military Cross in 1917 and a bar to the Military Cross in 1918. At the outbreak of World War II, Grant, who had been a professor of anatomy first in Winnipeg and then in Toronto for many years, volunteered again for war service, but was rejected as being too valuable a teacher to be allowed to enlist.