Born to British parents in Lansing, Michigan, Edward Rochfort Grange was raised in Toronto and after joining the Royal Naval Air Service, Flight Sub-Lieutenant Grange received Royal Aero Club Aviator's Certificate 1850 on a Curtiss biplane at the Curtiss school, Toronto on 20 September 1915. In early 1916, he traveled to Britain to join the Royal Naval Air Service. Flying the Sopwith Pup he served with 1 Naval Wing and was wounded in action on 25 September 1916. In October 1916 he was posted to 8 Naval Squadron. On 4 January 1917, Grange claimed three Albatros D.IIs and three days later, he was wounded in action scoring his fifth victory over another Albatros D.II. He finished the war as a flight instructor in England before returning to Canada where he became a successful businessman and engineer. During World War II, he joined the civilian arm of the Canadian Air Force and served as an inspector/auditor.
Great Britain, Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificates, 1910-1950
Distinguished Service Cross (DSC)
Flight Lieut. Edward Rochfort Grange,
For conspicuous gallantry and skill on several occasions in successfully attacking and bringing down hostile machines, particularly on the 4th January, 1917, when during one flight he had three separate engagements with hostile machines, all of which were driven down out of control.
On the 5th January, 1917, lie attacked three hostile machines, one of which was driven down in a nose-dive.
On the 7th January, 1917, after having driven down one hostile machine, he observed two other enemy aircraft attacking one of our scouts. He was on the way to its assistance when he was attacked by a third hostile scout. He was hit in the shoulder by a bullet from this machine, but landed his aeroplane safely in an aerodrome on our side of the lines.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 16 February 1917 (29947/1648)