Michael Grant was born in Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland in 1879 and lived at 378 Great Howard Street, Liverpool, Lancashire.
He engaged as a fireman in the Engineering Department on board the Lusitania, at Liverpool on 12 April 1915 at a monthly rate of pay of £6-10s-0d (£6.50) and was granted an advance of £1 at the time. He reported for duty on the morning of 17 April before the liner left the Mersey for the last time. His previous ship had been the Canadian Pacific steamer Missanabie.
He did not survive when the ship was sunk just three weeks later. He was aged 36 years.
His body was never recovered and identified after the disaster, so he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
The Missanabie was herself sunk on 9 September 1918 by the German submarine
UB 87 in the Atlantic Ocean, whilst in ballast, on a voyage from Liverpool to New York.
British Merchant Ships Sunk by U-Boats, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, PRO BT 334.