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Paul in Australia has sent me details of a James Gant, born about 1770 in Yorkshire. Paul collects Royal Navy Medals and Militaria and recently purchased a medal which was contemporaneously engraved to one “James Gant of the Bellerophon”. The medal is Alexander Davidson’s Medal for the Nile 1798, gilt-bronze which was awarded to Petty Officers present at the Battle of Aboukir Bay on 1 August 1798.

So far I have been unable to identify this James Gant. There are several Gant families in Yorkshire around the mid 1700s, particularly around the Leeds/Bradford area. My feeling is that he may be from the Gant family who were in Bolton, Bradford, Yorkshire around the mid 1700s. There was a James Walker Gant baptised in Bradford in 1777, the son of Richard Gant of Bradford, and brother of Benjamin Gant, the grandfather of Tetley Gant CMG. I have no further information about James Walker Gant, but another of Benjamin’s grandsons was named Louis Walker Gant in 1870, was this possibly as a mark of respect to an “illustrious” relative born 100 years previously?

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